World Trade Center-Los Angeles supports the development of international trade and business opportunities for Southern California as the leading international trade resource in the region. We also promote L.A. County as a destination for foreign investment by assisting international investors, thereby enhancing the region’s economy, employment and business opportunities.
The WTC and our trade managers work in conjunction with the LAEDC’s Business Assistance Team. Together, we provide a diverse array of services to quickly make connections for you. Learn more by selecting topics on the left menu.
Learn about many of the close ties that have developed between Los Angeles County and Japan, the number one source of foreign direct investment into L.A. County.
This report describes many of the close ties that have developed between Los Angeles County and China, the number one trading partner into L.A. County.
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Throughout its history, Los Angeles County has been a key destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)*. L.A. County is home to many recent and older foreign direct investments throughout our diversified industrial base.
Foreign Direct Investment
What is Foreign Direct Investment? It may sound like something extraterrestrial but, in fact, FDI is an important piece of the puzzle for a healthy economy. FDI is best described as a company that invests in self growth through building and establishing branches in other countries. FDI strengthens the regional economy by bringing new technology, capital, skills, and international connections and by creating new jobs.
There are currently 4,521 foreign-owned and -affiliated business establishments, approximately 1.8% of all private sector establishments in L.A. County, that are doing business in L.A. County
The top ten sources of foreign direct investment as measured by establishments
|Country||# of Establishments|
Top five L.A. County cities where foreign-owned and -affiliated businesses are located
- Los Angeles—1,591 establishments
- Torrance—310 establishments
- Long Beach—212 establishments
- Santa Monica—134 establishments
- Pasadena—127 establishments
Total FDI employees account for 9.9%, or one in ten, of all private-sector workers in Los Angeles County
- Direct FDI employees: 136,000 jobs
- Indirect FDI employees: 223,000 jobs
- Total FDI employees: 359,000 jobs
Top five major industries with the most foreign-owned businesses
|Industry||# of Establishments|
|Finance & Insurance||481|
|Transportation & Warehousing||347|
Foreign-owned and affiliated businesses by L.A. County Region
|Region||# of Establishments|
|San Fernando Valley||725|
|San Gabriel Valley||698|