The United States of America (US) remains the world’s largest economy, with an annual gross domestic product (GDP) of over US$18 trillion (nominal) and a population of over 323 million people. The US is one of Australia’s most important trade and investment partners: the largest foreign investor in Australia, Australia’s largest foreign investment destination, and the fourth largest destination for Australian exports (2016).
The US is a leading engine of innovation and a critical research and development (R&D) partner for Australian businesses and institutions. The US market’s world leading consumer demand is an attractive opportunity for Australian exporters, but is highly competitive and diverse. Australia enjoys considerable market access advantages under the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA).
Read about Australia's Investment Footprint in the US - Mapping Australia's Foreign Direct Investment in the US (PDF 6.714MB)
More information on doing business in United States of America
Significant changes to US-bound air cargo screening requirements
On 1 July 2017, security requirements for US-bound air cargo came into force. If you have not yet made plans to comply with these requirements you must act now to secure you US - bound export air cargo business.
Find out more information about changes to air freight screening
US regional market profiles:
Second tier city reports
Tech Takeover Lessons from Austin, Texas (PDF 3.72MB)
Southern Heartbeat Lessons from Nashville, Tennessee (PDF 3.25MB)
Forging the Future Lessons from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PDF 3.49MB)
US industry reports
Cyber Security Clusters Report (PDF 932KB)
Edtech US Market Snapshot (PDF 837KB)
Financial Technology Clusters Report (PDF 736KB)
Medical Technology and Life Sciences Clusters Report (PDF 780KB)
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Opportunities arising from disruptive technologies in education (PDF 446KB)
US Agtech Clusters: Advancing AgriBusiness and Food Processing (PDF 1.49MB)
San Francisco Landing Pad
The Australian Government is establishing ‘landing pads’ in global innovation hubs including San Francisco, Berlin, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Singapore, to provide a platform for market-ready startups to explore global opportunities.
The Landing Pad in San Francisco offers participants access to exclusive programming and customised workshops designed to accelerate their expansion in the United States.
Land in the Bay: The Australian entrepreneur’s guide to the San Francisco Bay Area
Review this new publication from Austrade for information on scaling a venture into the San Francisco Bay Area. The guide includes details on preparing for a United States expansion, the nuts and bolts of establishing and growing a company in the States, and an overview of the diverse resources available to Australian entrepreneurs during the journey. Download the guide (PDF 2.3MB)