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International Trade and Relations


With its location between two major cities, the City of Federal Way has cultivated many partnerships to encourage international trade and relations, thus promoting growth for our city. Federal Way is ideal for your company's location or expansion. Click the image below to view a video explaining even more of the advantages Federal Way offers.



Why Locate Your Business to Federal Way




Why Washington?
Washington is located along the west coast of the United States. It is the 18th largest state (geographically in size). It is the 13th most populous with over 7 million. It is also one of the largest  states for import/export activities in the nation given the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma and has one of the largest airports on the west coast, Sea-Tac International. Click on the link below to  read further about International Trade in Washington State and Federal Way.


International Trade: Why Washington?


Why Federal Way?
Federal Way is the 9th largest city in the state and is located 20 minutes south of the Sea-Tac International airport and is 30 minutes, equidistance from the marine facilities of the Ports of Seattle  and Tacoma. Federal Way is located along Interstate 5, making it a valued location for those who need to be near but not adjacent to marine and air cargo facilities.  It is home to several  companies engaged in international trade such as World Vision, Tommy Bahama, Cogent, the Korean Broadcasting System and Valmet. Click on the link below to read further about International  Trade in Federal Way.


International Trade: Why Federal Way?




Why Washington?
Washington is home to more than 60 colleges and universities, many of which offer degrees in international relations, foreign languages, and international overseas study programs. The state's environment is receptive to foreign exchange in arts, culture education and research, with foreign government offices to aid in the improvement of relations and trade. Click below to learn more about international relations in Washington and Federal Way.


International Relations: Why Washington? 



Why Federal Way?
Federal Way is an ethnically diverse community where you can find over 100 foreign languages spoken. It is globally aware and focused with two sister city relations in Japan and Korea along  with a cultural exchange in China.  Federal Way is a receptive government where foreign investment and cultural exchange is welcomed. Federal Way is by all accounts a wonderful location for  both foreign and domestic  organizations involved in international relations. It is well situated for organizations involved in international education, research and   cultural affairs. Click on the link  below to read further about International Relations in Federal Way.

International Relations: Why Federal Way?



Federal Way has two sister city. The program with Hachinohe, Japan has been in existence over 25 years.  The other sister city is with Donghae, South Korea.  Federal Way also has a friendship relationship with Shandong, China. It has been an exciting opportunity to connect with these countries and we hope to continue cultivating our relationship!


Hachinohe, Japan
Hachinohe is known as the city that Began form the ocean. It is located in the southeastern part of the main island of Japan in the Aomori Prefecture on the Pacific Ocean side of the island.  Hachinohe has a population of 230,000.  Its economy is primarily aqua-culture, with a significant fishing industry.  In fact it is one of the largest centers for fishing in Japan.  Additionally, the City is known for culinary arts and entrepreneurialism in value added food production and preparation.  Hachinohe is also known for its scenic beauty.   Its climate is characterized by cool summers and mild winters.  Hachinohe is served by a regional airport with flights to Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo. The Sister city relationship was created  in 1993. For more information  click on the link below.


Hachinohe Sister City Report



Donghae, South Korea
Donghae, known as Sunrise City is located in the northeastern part of South Korea.  It has a population of nearly 93,000. It has a significant tourism industry, both due to geographical terrains and cultural activities.  Geographical areas of interest include Candlestick Rock Yongchu Falls, Tanjin Natural Caves and plentiful sandy beaches.  Cultural/historic centers include the Songjeong-dong Iron Pagoda and Dutasan Castle. It is served by two major ports: Donghae Harbor and Mukho Harbor.  The city is served by international ferry services to Russia and Japan. The Sister City relationship was established in 2000.


Donghae Sister City Report



Shandong Province, China
Steeped in natural and supernatural allure, the Shandong Peninsula is known to be "stuff of legends". A plain that is fed by rivers and underground springs, capped by granite peaks and framed in wild coastline - the landscape has its visitors and locals captivated. The province has over 99 million citizens, as well as trading routes that have established it as a major economic center. 



The City of Federal Way’s Department of Economic Development serves as an information and referral service for local businesses seeking to expand into the global marketplace. The following agencies are available for assistance with your export or funding questions:



Washington State Network of Small Business Development Centers, http://wsbdc.org/services/exports/, (206) 246-4445
The Washington Small Business Development Center Network is your resource for expert business advising, management training and market research. SBDC advisors offer one-on-one technical assistance at no charge to make sure you have the information you need to make the decisions that are right for you and your company. The Seattle SBDC - Export Center is located at 13925 Interurban Avenue South, Suite 100, Tukwila, WA  98168.


Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington, http://www.efacw.org/, (206) 256-6115
The Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington (EFACW) was created by the Washington State legislature in 1983 to provide export finance counseling assistance to small- and medium-sized exporters or prospective Washington-based exporters. EFACW is funded mainly by the State of Washington and is an independent contractor to the Washington State Department of Commerce (COM). EFACW is currently co-located with the Washington State Department of Commerce in The Westin Building at 2001 6th Avenue, Suite 2600, Seattle, WA  98121.


Washington Export Resource Center, http://waexports.com/
The Washington State Export Resource Center (WERC) was formed between business representatives, education and state government to bring new resources to light for business around the state pursuing interests in selling their products and services throughout the global market place. The website has valuable information for businesses considering entering the international markets.



Washington State China Relations Councilhttps://wscrc.org

The Washington State China Relations Council (WSCRC) is the nation’s leading statewide organization dedicated to promoting stronger commercial, educational and cultural engagement with China. Founded in 1979 following the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and China, the Council is the oldest nongovernmental organization advocating at the state level for increased trade connections with the People’s Republic. The WSCRC is located in Seattle's historic Rainier Building at 1301 5th Ave., Suite 1500, Seattle, WA 98101.



Tim Johnson
Economic Development Director


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Federal Way, WA  98003

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