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International Trade and Logistics
Oakland's attributes combine to position the city as one of the most important international trade markets in the world.
- Strategic, central location
- Extensive multi-modal transportation infrastructure
- Proximity to innovative Bay Area businesses and the world’s largest concentration of venture capital
- A concentration of world renowned academic institutions
Home to a dynamic metropolitan chamber of commerce and several ethnic chambers of commerce, Oakland’s diversity makes it home to everyone.
Port of Oakland
Oakland boasts the third largest container port on the West Coast—and the fifth largest in the nation. Goods entering the United States through Oakland can connect with interior markets via a well-developed transportation network of air, rail and road freight service. Shipping products to Asian markets from Oakland instead of from Southern California typically saves 24 hours of transit time.
Nearly $33 billion worth of international trade moves through the Port of Oakland seaport each year.
With its major seaport and significant air freight operations as invaluable distribution systems for international shipments, the Port of Oakland is a vital business partner for any company interested in the international marketplace.
For detailed information visit Port of Oakland website or call (510) 627-1100.
Foreign Trade Zone
Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) facilitate trade and increase the global competitiveness of U.S.-based companies. Oakland is home to one of the largest FTZs on the West Coast.
Benefits of participating in the Foreign Trade Zone:
• Duty deferral, reduction or elimination
• Reduced Merchandise Processing Fees
• Lower inventory costs and improved cash flow
• Streamlined import/export documentation entry procedures
To help customers maximize Foreign Trade Zone benefits, Oakland’s FTZ operator Pacific American Services (PACAM) provides consulting services:
• FTZ strategy evaluation
• Feasibility studies
• Implementation of FTZ programs
• Application and activation services
For more information, contact PACAM or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EB-5 Visa Program
Oakland is home to two EB-5 regional centers that work to attract entrepreneurial immigrants to engage in commercial enterprises. The goal: each business will benefit the U.S. economy and directly create at least ten full-time jobs. The minimum qualifying investment is $1 million in areas such as Oakland.
Congress allocates approximately 10,000 immigrant visas per year to the EB-5 category (including visas for the spouses and minor children of investors). Regional Centers are designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Three thousand of the 10,000 total annual EB-5 visas are allocated for investors who invest within designated “regional centers.” Under the pilot, foreign investors can pool their investments into Regional Centers which make large investments that create jobs. Regional Center investors are permitted to demonstrate through “reasonable methodologies” that their investment resulted in the creation of ten or more direct or indirect jobs.
For more information, contact:
- the San Francisco Regional Center or (510) 893-9888
- the Bay Area Regional Center or (510) 625-1300
- the FFC-East Bay Regional Center or (510) 903-1820
Through its Sister City relationships, Oakland strives to promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development as it strengthens global cooperation at the municipal level. Oakland enjoys commercial and cultural exchanges with cities around the globe.
- Fukuoka, Japan
- Nakhodka, Russia
- Sekondi-Takoadi, Ghana
- Dalian, China
- Ocho Rios, Jamaica
- Livorno, Italy
- Sntiago de Cuba, Cuba
- Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
To learn more about sister city relationships, visit www.sister-cities.org.
All Sister City associations are community-based organizations and open to all Oakland residents. For more information on Oakland’s Sister City Program, call (510) 238-4991 or email@example.com.
For more information about International Trade and Logistics, contact Aliza Gallo, firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 238-7405.