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Washington is located along the west coast of the United States.  It is the 18th largest state (geographically in size). It is the 13th most populous with over 7 million. It is also one of the largest states for import/export activities in the nation given the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma and has one of the largest airports on the west coast, Sea-Tac International.  Click on the link below to read further about International Trade in Washington State.


International Trade: Why Washington?

Federal Way is the 9th largest city in the state and is located 20 minutes south of the Sea-Tac International airport and is 30 minutes, equidistance from the marine facilities of the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma.  Federal Way is located along Interstate 5, making it a valued location for those who need to be near but not adjacent to marine and air cargo facilities.  It is home to several companies engaged in international trade such as World Vision, Tommy Bahama, Cogent, the Korean Broadcasting System and Valmet. Click on the link below to read further about International Trade in Federal Way.


International Trade: Why Federal Way?





Washington is the home of more than 60 colleges and universities, many of which offer degrees in international relations and foreign languages and have international overseas study programs.   Washington has foreign government offices to aid in the improvement of relations and trade.  The state has a receptive environment for foreign exchange in arts, culture education and research. Click on the link below to read further about International Relations in Washington State.


International Relations: Why Washington?


Federal Way is an ethnically diverse community where you can find over 100 foreign languages spoken. It is globally aware and focused with two sister city relations in Japan and Korea along with a cultural exchange in China.  Federal Way is a receptive government where foreign investment and cultural exchange is welcomed.  Federal Way is by all accounts a wonderful location for both foreign and domestic organizations involved in international relations.  It is well situated for organizations involved in international education, research and cultural affairs. Click on the link below to read further about International Relations in Federal Way.


International Relations: Why Federal Way?



Federal Way is ideal for your company's location or expansion. Click the image below to view a video explaining even more of the advantages Federal Way offers.



The City of Federal Way’s Department of Economic Development serves as an information and referral service for local businesses seeking to expand into the global marketplace. The following agencies are available for assistance with your export or funding questions:



Washington State Network of Small Business Development Centers, http://wsbdc.org/services/exports/, (206) 246-4445
The Washington Small Business Development Center Network is your resource for expert business advising, management training and market research. SBDC advisors offer one-on-one technical assistance at no charge to make sure you have the information you need to make the decisions that are right for you and your company. The Seattle SBDC - Export Center is located at 13925 Interurban Avenue South, Suite 100, Tukwila, WA  98168.


Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington, http://www.efacw.org/, (206) 256-6115
The Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington (EFACW) was created by the Washington State legislature in 1983 to provide export finance counseling assistance to small- and medium-sized exporters or prospective Washington-based exporters. EFACW is funded mainly by the State of Washington and is an independent contractor to the Washington State Department of Commerce (COM). EFACW is currently co-located with the Washington State Department of Commerce in The Westin Building at 2001 6th Avenue, Suite 2600, Seattle, WA  98121.


Washington Export Resource Center, http://waexports.com/
The Washington State Export Resource Center (WERC) was formed between business representatives, education and state government to bring new resources to light for business around the state pursuing interests in selling their products and services throughout the global market place. The website has valuable information for businesses considering entering the international markets.