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Get to Know the United States of America

International trade success is not only about you and your customers. Learn business facts about the countries that you trade with and familiarize yourself with the different business practices, cultures, customs and economics.

At a Glance

With a population of nearly 304,000,000 people—and a growth rate of 0.88%—across 3.8 million square miles, the United States of America holds vast opportunities for those who wish to export goods to its marketplace. The country enjoys the largest trade partnership in the world with its northern border neighbor, Canada, and is also part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which includes Canada and Mexico. The U.S. has a number of other bilateral trade agreements, including those with Chile, Israel, Jordan and others. Other key trading partners include China, Japan and Germany.

Financial Facts
  • US$13.86 trillion GDP—and per capita of US$45,800
  • A growth rate of 2.2%

The country’s population includes people of virtually every race, ethnicity and nationality. English is spoken by about 82% of the country’s residents. Spanish is the second-most common language in the country, spoken by almost 30 million people, or about 10 percent of the population.

The World Bank’s “Doing Business” guide ranks the country as number three in the world for ease of doing business, offering excellent opportunities for you to grow your business. The country has a sophisticated trade system and a culture that embraces entrepreneurship. Its robust business climate and myriad opportunities for marketing—including the world’s most developed media network and a population that is overwhelmingly web savvy—give small businesses the opportunity to promote their goods and services to the populace both directly and through other businesses with which they partner.

Perhaps you’re interested in establishing a partnership with one of the country’s exporters. You may be considering joint ventures with U.S companies, franchise or licensing opportunities, or sales of your products and services in the U.S. Whatever your interests and needs, the resources provided in this section will lead you to information that can support your entry into this huge market.

The U.S. has a strong infrastructure of government agencies and nonprofit business organizations that can help you get started in exporting to this promising marketplace. The vast number of bilateral chambers of commerce and other business organizations can give you help, insight and contacts specific to your region. Trade regulations are reasonable and not onerous, making market entry relatively easy.