Houston: A Gateway to the World
Houston offers an internationally competitive business environment at a favorable cost.
- Cost of living below U.S. national average
- Low business taxes — no state, personal or corporate income tax
- Highly talented and cost-effective labor
- Superior transportation network — Lower transportation costs
- Proximity to market, supply chain
- Higher education institutions
Source: Competitive Alternatives, KPMG’s Guide to International Business Location 2012
The Houston region is an undisputed global leader in international business, with ties reaching all over the globe and overseas marketplace. The 11-county region's geographic location makes it an easily-accessed portal to the global marketplace. From the Port of Houston to the Houston Airport System to a host of international entities doing business around the clock, Houston is where you want to be if your business is looking to go global.
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More than 100 international companies have opened, expanded, or relocated to Houston in the last few years.
Houston's Top 10 Trading Partners 2012
In the international business community, the Houston region ranks as a global leader with considerable influence and impact worldwide. The region has:
- More than 90 consulate offices
- 22 foreign banks, representing 12 nations
- More than 790 foreign-owned firms
- More than 400 companies with branches in 129 other nations
- More than 3,300 area firms, foreign government offices and nonprofit organizations involved in international business
Houston offers an internationally competitive business environment at a favorable cost. In fact, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ report - Cities of Opportunity - ranks Houston as the “Most Cost Competitive City in the World.”
Source: Greater Houston Partnership Research Department
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