Alabama is located in the center of the fastest-growing region in the United States, the Southeast, and is an ideal hub for foreign-based businesses and businesses with an international focus. Currently, more than 425 foreign-based companies from more than 30 nations operate in Alabama. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama is a gateway to the rapidly growing markets in Mexico, Central America and South America.
Following are a few quick facts about Alabama’s international assets:
- Alabama ranks 23rd in the nation for exports, with companies shipping products to 184 countries.
- The state’s top five export sectors in 2013 were transportation equipment, chemicals, primary metal manufacturing, mining and forestry products.
- The Alabama State Port Authority operates a full-service port on the Mobile River, 33 miles from the Gulf of Mexico
- Five Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) and numerous sub zones currently operate in Alabama.
- Official U.S. Customs Ports-of-Entry are located at Birmingham, Mobile and Huntsville International Airports
- Six Alabama banks provide complete international banking services for companies located in Alabama and throughout the Southeast.
For a closer look at international investment and trade in Alabama, please open the documents below.