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With three major airports in close proximity and a well-developed transportation network for both passengers and products, the Greater Baltimore region is well positioned to be a hub of international business.

Business Associations

  • The U.S. Export Assistance Center is part of a vast network of domestic and international offices, staffed by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • The Maryland-China Business Council (MCBC) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to helping Mid-Atlantic companies succeed in the China market. MCBC welcomes an assortment of members with varied interests in trade in China.
  • The Maryland Center China was established in 1996, and allows Maryland companies to establish their corporate presence in China by sharing resources with the State of Maryland China Office and other Maryland organizations interested in China.
  • The Maryland/Israel Development Center (MIDC), a non-profit organization that promotes trade and joint ventures between Maryland and Israeli businesses and research institutions. MIDC is a partnership between the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), Israel’s Ministry of Industry and Trade and local Jewish community organizations.
  • The World Trade Center Institute offers international business training, global connections, customized consulting, and an extensive global reach via 300 fellow World Trade Centers around the world.

Foreign-Owned Firms

World markets help drive the Maryland economy. According to the US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, foreign investment in Maryland was responsible for 5.1% of the state’s total private-industry employment in 2008. In that year, 108,600 Maryland workers were employed by foreign-controlled companies.

Foreign Trade

In 2010, Maryland’s export shipments of merchandise totaled $10.2 billion, with merchandise shipped to Canada, the Netherlands, China, Saudi Arabia and Mexico. The Baltimore metropolitan area exported $4.8 billion in merchandise alone, making it the tenth largest exporting metropolitan area based on percent of state values. Visit the US International Trade site for more information.

Immigration and Languages

A number of people who have obtained legal permanent resident status reside in Maryland. Ranking 21st among the 25 largest metro areas with over 8,000 legal permanent residents, Baltimore is a welcoming home to members of a unique skill set and a diverse business community.

Embassies and Consulates 

  • The Baltimore region is within 40 miles of Washington, D.C.’s Embassy Row, near enough to be heavily involved with foreign embassies and other diplomatic installations. Many embassies sponsor public events to promote business and cultural interests of their countries. Embassy.org provides an extensive list of all of the Washington, D.C. embassies and other links to the foreign embassy community.
  • Trade with other regions of the world is becoming increasingly important, particularly for the Baltimore region. Foreign consular offices are the primary portal for which commercial and consumer questions on restrictions, licensing, tax regulations and other topics are answered. With close proximity to the nation’s capital, the Baltimore region has access to consular offices for nearly every country. The Baltimore region itself is also home to seven foreign consulates. For more information on the consular offices, visit the U.S. Department of State.