Journalists’ Reference Guide


The Greater Seattle region, including Snohomish, Pierce and King counties, is the most internationally-trade dependent in the United States. One in three jobs in Washington state is tied to international trade. Only a nine hour flight from both Asia and Europe, Greater Seattle is strategically located in the new economy. Our marine ports are closer to Asia than any other major ports on the U.S. West Coast. Our region has an economy centered on industries of the future. We are home to industry leaders in aerospace, computer software, biotechnology, telecommunications and many other high tech sectors. The region is known for its innovative entrepreneurial culture. From information technology to gourmet coffee, recycling to customer service, worldwide trends have started or been cultivated in Greater Seattle.

In 2006, Washington state per capita exports were $8,300 compared to only $3,300 for the average U.S. state. Washington state and Greater Seattle’s trading partners are worldwide. The international business relationships of the region are many and varied, including exports, imports, maritime trade, air cargo, education, tourism and investment. Here are some important international trade statistics of the region.

Top Export Customers in 2007 (including Airplanes)

1. China
2. Japan
3. Canada
4. India
5. United Arab Emirates

Two-Way Trading Partners (Exports and Imports 2006)

1. China
2. Canada
3. Japan
4. European Union
5. South Korea

Top Export Industries of Washington State (2007)

1. Aircraft
2. Information Technology
3. Agriculture

Dollar Value of Exports from Washington
$61 billion