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International Business

Houston is a thriving, international city with ties stretching to all corners of the world. The region's geographic location makes it easy to move both goods and people around the world efficiently. From the Port of Houston and the Houston Airport System to a host of multi-national entities doing business around the clock, Houston is where you want to be to connect your business to the world. 

Rotterdam and Houston Strengthen Economic Relationship

Rotterdam and Houston share a number of characteristics as ener...

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Houston delegation Visits London

An international delegation led by the Greater Houston Partners...

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Partnership Hosts International Delegations, Govt. Officials...

In 2019 the Partnership hosted individuals and organizations fr...

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Explore what makes Houston the right global partner for your business.

Foreign Trade

Houston is one of the largest international trading hubs in the Americas. In fact, more of the region's economy is tied to exports than any other metro in the U.S. The region has trading relationships with more than 200 countries and for 37 of those countries, combined trade (imports and exports) exceeds $1 billion annually.

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Consulates

Consular Corps

With more than 90 different nations represented, Houston is home to the third-largest consular corps in the United States. Get contact information and links to the various consulates and official offices.

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Airports

The Houston Airport System ranks as one of the largest multi-airport systems in North America. George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport offer direct passenger service to 118 domestic and 71 international destinations via 28 different airlines. HAS handled a total of 461,425 metric tons of air freight in 2017, with about half of that domestic and the other half international.

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Economic Development

What Houston Can Look Forward to in 2021 

1/4/21
Following a year filled with extraordinary challenges, the Hous...
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Port

The region is home to a number of ports including the ports of Houston, Galveston, Freeport and Texas City. The Port of Houston ranks first in the nation in foreign tonnage and is the largest container port on the Gulf Coast.

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Digital Technology

PARTNERSHIP WEEK: Priority Panels

Partnership Week continues with panel discussions featuring business leaders around topics critical to Houston's growth.  Senior Partnership staff, board and industry leaders will engage in conversations…

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Taxes & Incentives

Texas and Houston understand the need for a stable, business-friendly and transparent tax structure. Texas is one of the few states without a personal, state or corporate income tax, which makes the cost of doing business very competitive. Houston's cost-effective tax structure makes it a choice location for any company looking to establish a presence or expand their current footprint.

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8.25%

City of Houston has a combined sales and use tax rate of 8.25 percent

Regional Profile

From energy and life sciences to manufacturing and aerospace, the Houston region offers a dynamic infrastructure to support a number of thriving, core industries.

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Economic Development

Business Beyond Borders: COVID-19 Supply Chain Wake-Up Calls for Reshoring Now - Part 2

This special two-part webinar dives deep on COVID-19's impact on supply chains and the wake up call for reshoring Of products now sourced offshore, 20 to 30% would be more profitably sourced domestically.…

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PARTNERSHIP WEEK: Priority Panels

Partnership Week continues with panel discussions featuring business leaders around topics critical to Houston's growth.  Senior Partnership staff, board and industry leaders will engage in conversations around the Partnership's strategic priorities that support the advancement of Houston as a great global city. Panel discussions include:  11:10 a.m. - Race Equity. Leading through Action Courtney Johnson Rose, CEO, George E. Johnson Development Inc. Alex López Negrete, President and CEO, Lopez Negrete Communications Steve Stephens, President and CEO, Amegy Bank Moderator: LaTanya Flix, Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 11:55 a.m. - Building a Strong Diverse Economy David Leebron, President, Rice University Moderator: Susan Davenport, Chief Economic Development Officer, Greater Houston Partnership 12:45 p.m. - Energy Transition: Houston's Evolution Uwem Ukpong, Executive Vice President, Regions, Alliances & Enterprise Sales, Baker Hughes Jonathan Cox, Managing Director & Global Co-Head of Oil & Gas Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan  Emily Reichert, Chief Executive Officer of Greentown Labs  Moderator: Bobby Tudor, Chairman, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. LLC 1:35 p.m. - Digital Transformation. Houston's New Frontier Peter Beard, Senior Vice President, Regional Workforce Development, Greater Houston Partnership Werner Schaefer, VP, Sales and Marketing Group and General Manager, Network and Comm Sales, Intel Moderator: Amy Chronis, 2021 Partnership Chair, Houston Managing Partner, Deloitte Please check back for further details and confirmed speakers. Have questions about these topics and the Partnership's work? We encourage participants to pre-submit questions to our panelists by emailing ldollard@houston.org.  Partnership Week This event is a part of Partnership Week, a multi-day opportunity to learn more about the Partnership’s work and how members can get involved in our efforts to make Houston even greater. For more information about Partnership Week activities, click here. 

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Economic Development

Business Beyond Borders: COVID-19 Supply Chain Wake-Up Calls for Reshoring Now - Part 1

This special two-part webinar dives deep on COVID-19's impact on supply chains and the wake up call for reshoring COVID-19 has revealed deadly shortages of essential products due to 90 to 95% dependence on imports, especially from China. Similar dependence is true in many key industry sectors including defense. It has never been more evident that offshoring components can carry a great deal of cost and risk and it is now clear that shorter supply chains are stronger, more competitive supply chains. Speaker: Harry Moser, President, Reshoring Initiative Through this webinar, we will demonstrate that shorter supply chains are also more profitable for OEM for 20 to 40% of products. Tools will be presented to help you benefit from these changes. Tools to make better sourcing decisions and to convince your customers to buy from you instead of offshore.  Primary Topics: Why manufacturing more products in the US really can be the best economic decision for your company. What factors contribute to your product’s TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). How to pick products to reshore. How to find and sell to new customers who import what you produce. Register for part two of this special presentation here.  *Utilizing a Zoom account and logging in through your computer is highly recommended for the best viewing experience. Prior to the event, you will receive an email with the Zoom meeting information. This link and password are unique to you and cannot be forwarded. Registration will close when capacity is reached. All attendees must register in advance through CVENT.

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Additional Resources

For international companies looking to establish a presence in Houston and existing businesses in the region looking to expand their footprint abroad, there are a number of resources that can help. 

Need more information about Houston? Your dedicated team member can help:

 
Facilitate and foster key introductions
 
Assist in evaluating and applying for incentives
 
Identify potential business facilities
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