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International Trade in Bellevue

Bellevue businesses engage in a considerable amount of international trade, from aerospace to software, medical products to trade finance, and architectural and engineering design and consulting. Trading partners span the globe, in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Mayor Conrad Lee signs agreements with Chinese companies interested in doing business in Washington during a state trade mission In Beijing in November 2013.


  • Bellevue-Chaoyang-Red Pagoda agreed to promote technology innovation in both cities and Chaoyang agency to open office in Bellevue. Chaoyang is a powerful juxtaposition of both the entertainment and business world and it occupies iconic status in China, and Bellevue is an emerging center of global innovation that stands out among American cities. The association of Bellevue and Chaoyang will yield broad and enduring branding benefits for both. Growth and investment has been a big driver of the thirst for cross-cultural stories and content between our two countries. In turn, that thirst of cross-cultural stories and content have led to innovations in technology platforms to carry and deliver those stories and content in many new and better ways.
  • BCEGI, China's premier construction and engineering company and in the top 225 international contractor companies in the world, announced that they will explore business opportunities and announces its intention to open an office in Bellevue. BCEGI in Bellevue demonstrates how Washington State and Seattle-Bellevue in particular have been growing quickly as a center for Chinese businesses and investment in the USA.


  • DMG Entertainment to produce films in WA, MOU co-signed by WA Filmworks
  • Director Ning Ying film retrospective in Seattle (UW sponsored)
  • China-Washington cultural exchange through mini-movies./documentaries, (CCTV)
  • Future film industry event to be held in Seattle/Bellevue in 2014, including promotion for Bruce Lee Action Museum
  • RedMotion Co of Shanghai will operate in Bellevue and seek digital production partner. Among others, Red Motion Co. has produced the Legend of Silk Boy, which features the voice of Jackie Chan

The city launched a Chinese English e-zine called http://www.bellevuecn.com/ in June 2012. In 2009 the city created a regional effort to facilitate trade and cultural cooperation with India. This effort includes organizing a discussion series, hosting regional conferences, facilitating conversations with the Embassy of India, advocating for additional state and regional services, siting the headquarters of foreign companies and helping to organize cultural festivals. Gandhi Memorial Information Sheet (October 2009) TechBA is a Mexican government technology accellerator program located in Bellevue that has brought more than 20 new companies to Bellevue. City efforts have included Asia, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Middle East.

There are many organizations and business associations that promote and support international trade. At the heart of this effort is an intention to improve international relations, cultural understanding and trade cooperation. Bellevue is proud that its international programs and business activities reflect the rich diversity of its population.

Key agencies include:

Contact Information

Office of Economic Development
450 110th Avenue NE
PO Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone: 425-452-7892
Fax: 425-542-5247

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