International

The staff at Henrico EDA are experts who understand the global picture and will partner with you to navigate cultural, financial, logistical and political climates to find a site that benefits your company and powers its growth. 

  • Henrico County is located centrally on the U.S. East Coast in the Eastern Time Zone.
  • Henrico County is equidistant between London and Los Angeles.
  • More than 60 diverse foreign-based firms operate in Henrico.
  • Henrico and Greater Richmond are active participants in an annual “Invest in the U.S.” program

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  • Located in the heart of the United States Eastern Seaboard, Henrico County is recognized throughout the world as an ideal location for international business development, international relocation and foreign direct investment.
  • Henrico offers competitive advantages perfect for international business and trade for companies that deal in global distribution of products or financial transactions, or seek to establish a U.S. presence.
  • Richmond International Airport (RIC) is designated as Foreign Trade Zone 207. Foreign merchandise may enter the airport as international commerce (not in U.S. Commerce Territory) and is not subject to government excise taxes or Customs duties. This allows businesses to reduce and sometimes even avoid paying tariffs on goods brought into the U.S.

Visit International Companies to learn about the foreign-owned companies that operate in Henrico County.

Austria

Henrico is home to the North Atlantic headquarters of Austrian-owned Franz Haas Machinery of America. Haas is a leading supplier of ovens, processing equipment and related services for the bakery and confectionery industry. This global company serves all of its Canadian and U.S. customers from its strategic location in Henrico, Virginia.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), located only 110 miles from Henrico County, provides non-stop service to Vienna, with one-stop service to other Austrian cities and more than 49 other foreign cities all over the world.

In addition to a thriving group of European-owned businesses, Henrico is home to a host of foreign-owned firms from other countries, including Japan and China. Plus, of the 11 Fortune 1000 companies located in the Richmond metro area, four are headquartered in Henrico.

Why Austrian Companies Choose Henrico County

Henrico County has a large concentration of international firms representing countries from Europe, Asia and South America.
Dulles International Airport (IAD) provides direct service to Vienna six days per week.
Richmond International Airport (RIC), located in Henrico, transports over 3,000,000 passengers and 90 million pounds of cargo per year.
The presence of Foreign Trade Zone #207 (FTZ) at RIC is a special benefit that allows companies to defer paying customs duties on imported items until they leave the zone.
The Port of Richmond is located minutes from Henrico County; it is owned and operated by The Port of Virginia, which is located 100 miles to the east and provides service to more than 75 countries.
Henrico County is home to over 25% of Greater Richmond’s 1.2 million residents, making the area a magnet for talented, diverse labor resources.

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Brazil

Henrico County is home to the showroom and manufacturing facility of Brazilian Best Granite (BBG).  BBG imports whole-slab granite from some of the best quarries in Brazil to create custom countertops and more. BBG is one of many foreign-owned firms that have discovered why Henrico County is a great place to do business.

Dulles International Airport (IAD), just 110 miles north of Henrico County, offers daily direct service to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, as well as four other South American cities. Dulles also offers direct and one-stop service to other locations all over the world.

Henrico County’s diverse and thriving business community includes many foreign-owned companies from countries such as Austria, China and Japan. Additionally, three Fortune 1000 companies are located in Henrico County.

Why Brazilian Companies Choose Henrico County

  • The Port of Virginia is located within 100 of Henrico County and provides service from over 75 international shipping lines.
  • Henrico County’s Richmond International Airport (RIC) offers great benefits to companies that import goods from overseas, including its Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) designation.
  • RIC features 142,000 square feet of cargo warehouse space and one million square feet of cargo apron.
  • 4,000 people move to Henrico County every year, making Henrico and Greater Richmond a deep talent pool for businesses choosing to relocate to Henrico.
  • Henrico County’s diverse location and building offerings attract global companies from industries like health services and biotechnology, technology, manufacturing and distribution, and finance and insurance.
  • Henrico County boasts an average commute time of 22-24 minutes.
  • There are 11 Fortune 1000 companies in Greater Richmond, four of which are headquartered in Henrico County
  • Henrico County is financially stable, consistently maintaining AAA Bond Rating status.

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Canada

Henrico is home to three Canadian companies in the finance, manufacturing and R&D fields. Interbake Foods, an industry leader in manufacturing baked goods, chose Henrico County for its corporate headquarters location and Research & Development facility.

Many dynamic international companies choose to do business in Henrico County. Firms from Japan, France, China and Austria have a business presence here, as well as 12 German companies.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), a gateway to the world, is a short 50-minute flight from Richmond International Airport (RIC) and offers daily direct flights to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.

Why Canadian Businesses Choose Henrico County

  • A concentration of international firms from all over the world make Henrico County a diverse and culturally rich business location.
  • The Port of Richmond offers the James River Barge Line (also known as 64 Express), which offers container service from the Port to The Port of Virginia in Hampton Roads.
  • Eleven Fortune 1000 companies are located in the Greater Richmond region. Four are located in Henrico County.
  • Richmond International Airport’s (RIC) designation as Foreign Trade Zone 207 (FTZ) allows companies to defer paying customs duties.
  • The Greater Richmond area’s growing population (currently 1,200,000) provides a diverse and talented labor pool.
  • Henrico County’s average commute time is less than 22 minutes.
  • Henrico County and Greater Richmond have a transportation system that incorporates rail, trucking, a well-maintained highway system, air and water, which means numerous options and benefits for Henrico-based companies.

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China

Chinese companies in the distribution and manufacturing fields call Henrico County home. Auto parts distributor Uquality Automotive Corporation operates a fully stocked auto parts distribution facility in Henrico County and appreciates the benefits of doing business in the region’s strategic location.

Just two hours away from Henrico County, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) offers direct flights to Beijing as well as one-stop flights to Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu, Shenzhen and other key cities. Dulles offers direct international flights to a total of 49 locations.

Henrico County is home to a host of dynamic foreign-owned companies from countries including Germany, the Netherlands and Canada. Eleven Fortune 1000 companies call the Greater Richmond region home; four of them are located in Henrico County.

Why Chinese Companies Choose Henrico County

  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) provides direct service to 49 international destinations and is less than 110 miles from Henrico.
  • The Port of Virginia is the third-largest container port on the Eastern seaboard and manages service by more than 75 international shipping lines.
  • Richmond International Airport (RIC), located in Henrico County, handles 3.3 million passengers and 90 million tons of cargo annually.
  • Henrico County offers the cultural and recreational opportunities of a large city, with minimal traffic and a lower cost of living.
  • The average commute time in Henrico County is less than 22 minutes.
  • RIC is designated Foreign Trade Zone 207 (FTZ), allowing companies to defer customs duties until goods leave the zone for commercial distribution.

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France

Henrico is home to two French-owned businesses: Infilco Degremont, which provides water treatment solutions, and steel processing firm Descours & Cabaud. These companies join others from Germany, Austria, the UK, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland to comprise the region’s thriving European business community.

Henrico County is only 110 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), which offers direct service to Paris and one-stop service to several other French cities.

In addition to its concentration of European businesses, Henrico County is also home to Chinese, Japanese and Canadian companies. Eleven Fortune 1000 companies are located in Greater Richmond, with four of them headquartered in Henrico County.

Why French Companies Choose Henrico County

  • Greater Richmond is home to a large concentration of global firms that represent countries from all over the world.
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) provides direct service to 49 international locations and is only a two-hour drive from Henrico.
  • Henrico’s own airport, Richmond International Airport (RIC), features ample cargo space and is designated Foreign Trade Zone 207 (FTZ), which means that stored goods are not considered U.S. Commerce Territory and are not subject to customs duties and government excise taxes.
  • Henrico County is minutes from The Port of Richmond, a water port owned and operated by The Port of Virginia, the third-largest container port on the Eastern seaboard.
  • Henrico County is part of the thriving Greater Richmond region, which boasts a diverse and talented labor pool.

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Germany

Henrico is home to 12 major German-owned firms, including U.S. headquarters for telecommunications, manufacturing and distribution companies. Industry leaders such as Siemens Energy and Hohner, Inc., are part of the region’s thriving European business community, and Germany is the most largely represented country in the county.

Located just over 100 miles from Henrico, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) provides direct service to more than 49 foreign cities, including non-stop service to Frankfurt and Munich, and one-stop service to many others. Dulles has been called "The Gateway to the World."

In addition to German-owned businesses, Henrico is home to a host of dynamic foreign-owned firms from countries including Japan, Switzerland, China, Sweden and more. Plus, of the 11 Fortune 1000 companies in the Richmond metro area, four are headquartered in Henrico.

Why German Companies Choose Henrico County

  • Henrico attracts a large concentration of international firms representing countries from all parts of the world.
  • Washington Dulles International Airport provides direct service to more than 49 foreign cities. Dulles is 50 minutes by air or two hours by car from Henrico.
  • Located in Henrico, Richmond International Airport handles more than 3.3 million passengers and about 90 million pounds of cargo each year.
  • Foreign Trade Zone 207 at Richmond International Airport allows companies to defer paying customs duties on goods until they leave the zone for domestic consumption.
  • Eleven Fortune 1000 companies are located in the Richmond metropolitan area.
  • The Port of Virginia at Hampton Roads is within 100 miles of Henrico. It is the third-largest container port on the U.S. East Coast, with service provided by more than 75 international shipping lines and more than 3,000 sailings annually to 100 countries.
  • Henrico is part of Greater Richmond Virginia's growing population, which exceeds 1,200,000. The area is a magnet for labor, drawing workers from more than 40 localities statewide.
  • Henrico offers an excellent quality of life, with all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a large city, but minimal traffic congestion and an average 21-minute commute.

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Japan

Henrico County is home to eight Japanese-owned firms, including a mechanic training center for American Honda Motor Company, Inc., and a financial services branch for Toyota and Lexus.

A 50-minute flight from Henrico, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) provides direct service to Tokyo and one-stop service to other airports in Japan. Dulles provides direct service to 49 international cities in total.

In addition to Japanese-owned businesses, Henrico is home to many dynamic international firms from a diverse array of countries including China, Switzerland, France and others. Greater Richmond is home to 11 Fortune 1000 companies, with four headquartered in Henrico County.

Why Japanese Companies Choose Henrico County

  • Henrico County is home to a significant number of international companies with headquarters in Europe, South America and Asia.
  • Richmond International Airport (RIC), a recently renovated modern airport located in Henrico, transports over 3,000,000 passengers and 90 million pounds of cargo per year.
  • Richmond International Airport is designated Foreign Trade Zone 207 (FTZ), which allows companies to defer paying customs duties on international goods until they are distributed.
  • Nearby Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) offers daily direct service to Tokyo.
  • 64 Express service is available from The Port of Richmond, which is just minutes away from Henrico County, to The Port of Virginia, the Eastern seaboard’s third-busiest container port.
  • Of the 11 Fortune 1000 companies in Greater Richmond, four are located in Henrico County.

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Luxembourg

Fareva SA, is a Luxembourgian provider of consumer health care and beauty products with most of its operations in France. Henrico County is the site of its sole cosmetics production facility in North America.

Henrico is also home to a host of other innovative foreign-owned firms from countries like China, Germany, Sweden and more. Of the 24 Fortune 1000 company headquarters in Virginia, four are located in Henrico County.

Located just over 100 miles from Greater Richmond, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) provides non-stop service to over 49 international locations. It is often called "The Gateway to the World."

Why Luxembourgian Companies Choose Henrico County

  • Companies headquartered in Asia, South America and Europe choose Henrico County as a base of operations due to Henrico’s strategic location on the Eastern seaboard.
  • Four companies Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in Henrico County.
  • Over three million passengers and 90 million pounds of cargo pass through Richmond International Airport (RIC), located in Henrico, each year.
  • RIC is designated Foreign Trade Zone 207 (FTZ) and has 142,000 square feet of cargo warehouse space and two designated cargo air carriers.
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) offers one-stop service via Copenhagen to Luxembourg’s Findel (LUX) airport.
  • A few short miles away from Henrico County, the Port of Richmond handles all types of containers – from bulk to temperature-controlled – and import/export cargos that include pharmaceuticals, chemicals, paper, machinery, food products, pipe and more.

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The Netherlands

Five Dutch companies make their home in Henrico County. From flower bulbs to computer hardware, businesses from the Netherlands recognize that Henrico County is a great place to do business.

Many other countries have a presence in Henrico County. Companies from Germany, Switzerland, China and more have chosen Henrico as their base of operations in the U.S.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), a hub for international travel, offers daily direct flights to Amsterdam and one-stop service to many other European cities. IAD offers direct flights to over 49 international cities.

Why Dutch Companies Choose Henrico County

  • Henrico County has a significant concentration of global companies with headquarters in Asia, South America and Europe.
  • Richmond International Airport (RIC), located in Henrico County, features one million square feet of cargo apron and 142,000 square feet of cargo warehouse space.
  • Richmond International Airport transports 3,000,000 passengers and over 90 million pounds of cargo annually.
  • Nearby Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) offers direct service to Amsterdam.
  • The Port of Virginia, located 100 miles away from Henrico, is the third-busiest container port on the Eastern seaboard.
  • Four Fortune 1000 companies have their corporate headquarters in Henrico County.

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Sweden

Two Swedish companies – Alfa Laval, Inc. and Securitas Security Services, Inc., – make their home in Henrico County. Alfa Laval chose Henrico County for its head office, sales office, customer service enter, operations center and service center. Securitas employs 450 people locally.

Henrico is also home to a host of other innovative foreign-owned firms from locations like China, Germany, Luxembourg and more. Of the 24 Fortune 1000 headquarters in Virginia, 11 are located in Greater Richmond and four in Henrico County.

Located just over 100 miles from Greater Richmond, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) provides one-stop service to Stockholm and non-stop service to over 49 international locations.

Why Swedish Companies Choose Henrico County

  • International firms from Europe, South America and Asia choose Henrico County for their strategic business location on the Eastern seaboard of the United States.
  • Richmond International Airport (RIC) has two dedicated cargo air carriers, 142,000 square feet of cargo warehouse space and is designated Foreign Trade Zone 207 (FTZ), which makes it easier to import goods.
  • Richmond International Airport, located in Henrico County, has been recently renovated and offers many direct flights to U.S. locations.
  • Nearby Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) offers one-stop service to Stockholm.
  • The Port of Richmond is located a short distance from Henrico County and is operated by The Port of Virginia – the Eastern seaboard’s third-busiest container port.
  • Fortune 1000 companies Altria, Markel, Brink's and Genworth Financial have corporate headquarters in Henrico County.

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Switzerland

Three Swiss companies have operations in Henrico County. From plumbing supply distributors to one of the world’s largest employment and staffing agencies, Swiss companies in Henrico County make up part of the region’s thriving European business community.

In addition to Swiss-owned companies, Henrico is home to a host of innovative companies from China, Germany, Canada and other locations. Eleven Fortune 1000 make their homes in the Richmond region and three of them have their corporate headquarters in Henrico County.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), just a short fifty minute flight or two hour drive from Henrico County, offers direct service to Zurich and Geneva as well as one-stop service to many other European destinations. IAD offers over 47 direct international flights to countries all over the world.

Why Swiss Companies Love Henrico County

  • A large concentration of European, South American and Asian companies have a presence in Henrico County due to Henrico’s strategic location on the Eastern seaboard of the United States.
  • Richmond International Airport (RIC) is the Greater Richmond area’s home airport and transports over 3,000,000 passengers and 85 million pounds of cargo every year
  • RIC has the added benefit of its Foreign Trade Zone 207 (FTZ) designation, which allows companies to import goods and defer paying customs duties until the goods are ready for distribution
  • Nearby Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) offers direct service to Geneva and Zurich
  • The Port of Richmond, operated by The Port of Virginia, offers 64 Express service to Hampton Roads, providing a “green” alternative to highway travel
  • Virginia ranks #9 in states with the highest concentration of Fortune 1000 companies.  Eleven reside in Greater Richmond and three have their headquarters in Henrico County

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United Kingdom

Six companies from the UK maintain a presence in Henrico County, making it the second-most largely represented country in the county. From ink and paper manufacturers to finance and insurance providers, UK-based companies contribute greatly to Henrico’s thriving European business community.

Henrico County is approximately 100 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), which offers daily direct service to more than 49 different international cities. IAD offers direct service to London and Manchester and one-stop service to many other UK locations.

In addition to UK-owned businesses, Henrico is home to 12 German businesses, five Dutch businesses, and many other companies with origins in Asia, South America and other parts of Europe.

Why UK Companies Choose Henrico County

  • Fortune Magazine ranks Greater Richmond within the top 20 metro areas in the U.S. with the highest total number of companies. Eleven of these are Fortune 1000 firms.
  • European, Asian and South American companies have offices in Henrico County because of its strategic location in the heart of the Eastern seaboard.
  • Richmond International Airport (RIC)'s 142,000 square feet of warehouse space, 1,000,000 square feet of cargo apron and a designation as Foreign Trade Zone 207 (FTZ) make it a beneficial facility for importing goods.
  • Richmond International Airport is located in Henrico County and offers direct domestic flights and many one-stop international flights.
  • Nearby Washington Dulles International Airport offers daily direct service to London and Manchester.
  • The James River Barge Line (64 Express), offered by The Port of Richmond, provides service to The Port of Virginia in Hampton Roads, providing limitless import/export possibilities to foreign-owned companies.

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