International Trade

Pinellas County offers customized assistance for export planning and can serve as a single point of contact for international business programs available at Federal, State and local levels.

Export Assistance

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Companies that do business internationally choose Pinellas County for various reasons, including Tampa International Airport’s non-stop air service to more than 90 domestic and international destinations, proximity to Port Tampa Bay, an expansive Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ), and a strong supply chain network. Conveniently located minutes from the I-4 corridor and Florida’s top universities and talent producers, Pinellas County offers the global connections, suppliers, and the workforce that businesses need to grow and expand.

Pinellas County provides assistance with export planning, Federal, State, and local international business programs, trade mission planning, including Gold Key matchmaking events, international marketing plans, and international trade show grants. Our office can also assist you with an FTZ benefit analysis to see if an FTZ is right for your business.

International Trade Services

Find the ideal business climate in Pinellas County with assistance from our International Trade experts.

Additional Resources

Brent Barkway

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Is your company interested in Export Assistance or is your company interested in Pinellas for Foreign Direct Investment? Contact:

Brent Barkway, CGBP, Business Development Manager.

News & Success Stories

Stay updated on the latest business news in Pinellas County.

Pinellas County’s International Business Development Efforts Attract Australian Delegation to Explore Trade Opportunities

In early May 2024, several Pinellas County businesses enjoyed a unique opportunity. As part of Special Operations Forces (SOF) Week, a delegation of Australian Defense companies toured St. Petersburg’s Maritime and Defense Technology HUB, meeting with companies to explore potential connections for trade and investment.

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Hydro-Dyne Engineering Overcomes Challenges and Continues Growth with Assistance from PCED

For more than a decade, Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) has worked closely with local manufacturer Hydro-Dyne Engineering to help the company sustain its continued growth and success in Pinellas Park, Florida. Continually fostering a relationship with the company, PCED staff members have over the years been able to quickly identify and recommend solutions to challenges Hydro-Dyne has faced.

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EPODEX USA Corp. Finds Success in St. Pete

How does Europe’s top producer of epoxy find a footing in St. Petersburg, Florida? With research, patience, and assistance from organizations like Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED).

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Need International Trade assistance? Let us help.
Brent Barkway, CGBP
Business Development Manager
(727) 464-7411