Foreign Investment & Trade

Colorado’s economy connects to the world

Global commerce drives Colorado’s economy

Foreign investment is a major factor in Colorado’s growing economy, creating jobs and driving trade. Customers in every country world-wide now buy goods and services from Colorado.


Colorado jobs supported by trade

(WTC Denver)


Global employers in Colorado

(Global Business Alliance)


5-year employment growth from FDI In Colorado

(Global Business Alliance)


Billion Colorado exports in 2019

(State of Colorado)


Export strength

Exports from companies in the Metro area have remained strong with a 4.7% compound annual growth rate over five years.

U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, 2018

U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, 2018

2020 Top exports

Manufacturing and tech dominate the top 10 export categories coming from the Metro area.   

Computer & Electronic Products29.3%
Food & Kindred Products18.4%
Machinery, Except Electrical10.7%
Transportation Equipment8.6%
Miscellaneous Manufactured Commodities5.7%
Fabricated Metal Products, Nesoi4.7%
Plastics & Rubber Products2.7%
Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components2.5%
Nonmetallic Mineral Products1.8%
U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, 2018

Top trade countries

Which countries top the list for goods and services exported to from Colorado? Canada and Mexico, followed by South Korea, China, and Malaysia.


Foreign trade zone advantage

The City of Aurora is part of Foreign Trade Zone 293, strategically located to provide a central location between the coasts for businesses looking to meet increasing trade demands. Companies in a FTZ may have certain tariffs on imported parts, supplies, and exported products deferred, reduced, or eliminated.