International Trade and Investment

Snohomish County’s economy thrives through its global connections. More than 60 percent of jobs in Snohomish County are related to trade, according to analysis by Economic Alliance Snohomish County and the University of Washington Bothell. That's one of the highest levels in the United States. The Port of Everett—the fifth-largest port on the U.S. west coast in export value—supports 34,000 jobs in Snohomish County and the north Puget Sound region. Foreign investors from around the world, across a broad range of industries, have made Snohomish County a leading base of operations, supporting high-skill, high-wage jobs and community growth.

Our county’s future prosperity depends on expanding these international relationships—supporting local businesses of all sizes enter into new markets and expand their exports, encouraging international partners to invest in Snohomish County workers and communities, and welcoming international visitors and students who support our economy and enrich our communities.

  1. Interested in Exporting?
  2. Export Financing
  3. Foreign Trade Zones
  4. Investment

Are you a Snohomish County business owner thinking about exporting your products and services to overseas markets? The following resources may help you get started:

  • Export Basics ( The U.S. Department of Commerce Foreign Commercial Service has a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions and information for businesses considering exporting for the first time.
  • Build Your Export Plan: Export Washington features a list of key questions and factors for first-time exporters to consider.
  • SBA Export Business Planner for Your Small Business: A resource from SBA for small businesses developing their export plan.
  • Sno-Isle Libraries Business & Finance Research: Use your library card from Sno-Isle Libraries to access Business Monitor International Industry Reports and Economist Intelligence Unit reports on countries and global commodities in the ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry database. Use the Business Source Premier and Small Business Reference Center databases to locate articles on international business news.

Exporters should be mindful of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other U.S. laws, regulations and other initiatives focused on anti-corruption efforts. Some information about these is available on the Export-Import Bank website. Exporters should seek legal counsel regarding export and import laws and regulations that may affect specific transactions.