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With its location on the West Coast, and Pacific Rim, Portland has a rich tradition of international trade and export. Portland is home to major international ports and is well connected to the global marketplace. The ability of Portland firms to innovate and create next-generation products and services and the global reputation of industries as diverse as clean technology, athletic & outdoor, software and advanced manufacturing, ensure trade will always be an integral component of the region's economy.
In a global economy, it is increasingly important for the city to facilitate the path to trade and develop a variety of resources dedicated to building international relationships. This site is designed as a portal for small- and medium-sized companies in the Portland area to identify resources and organizations that can assist with international trade opportunities.
Portland's long-term economic growth depends on expanding and diversifying exported industry sectors. As of 2008, regional exports were valued at $22 billion, 12th highest among the top 100 U.S. metros. The Portland metro area exports almost 21 percent of its production (value of final goods and services produced or output), second highest nationally and significantly above the national average of 11 percent.
Exports account for approximately 126,000 jobs annually in the Portland area, 12 percent of total employment. The number of jobs resulting from exports ranked 15th among the top 100 U.S. metros. Portland is committed to growing exports and increasing the jobs that will be generated by additional trade activity.
Portland maintains Sister City relationships with a diverse array of cities around the world. These relationships serve a variety of functions, especially in a world where access to global markets, relationship building and the sharing of information has become increasingly more important.
Consular Corps information
The Oregon Consular Corps is an organization consisting of consuls general, consuls honorary, vice-consuls honorary, consul emeriti, and ex officio members who have represented or do represent governments of foreign nations in Oregon.
Universities and colleges in Portland and Oregon offer growth and development opportunities for small and medium sized businesses, including developing the business case for international trade. Portland Community College's CLIMB Center for Advancement is a great resource for small businesses. Technology transfer and entrepreneurship activity at Oregon's research universities further position the region to take advantage of global opportunities.