International Trade

Metro Denver's strategic location, diverse industry mix, and fast-growing international airport make it a highly strategic location for international trade.


With an ideal location and the business resources necessary for international trade, Metro Denver is expanding trade with partners on six continents.

  • Metro Denver is strategically located between Canada and Mexico, allowing it to capitalize on North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) opportunities.
  • With its unique Mountain time zone location, Denver is the largest U.S. city offering one-bounce satellite uplinks to world satellite networks.
  • The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade's International Division offers consulting, along with grants to cover travel costs and other business expenses for small Colorado companies seeking to expand in international markets.

2013 Export Summary

Total Exports

Colorado exports increased 6.4 percent in 2013 to a record $8.7 billion, up from $8.2 billion in 2012.

Trading Partners

Colorado's five largest trading partners, their export value in 2013, and percentage of growth over 2012:

  • Canada ($206 billion, 3 percent)
  • Mexico ($917.8 million, 8.1 percent)
  • China ($772 million, 14.3 percent)
  • Japan ($442 million, 3.6 percent)
  • Korea ($340.6 million, 27.9 percent) 

Exported Products 

  • Computers and electronic products ($518 million)
  • Beef, fresh ($427.5 million)
  • Medical instruments ($417 million)
  • Orthopedic and hearing devices ($302.8 million)
  • Beef, frozen ($294.9 million)
  • Civilian aircraft, engines, and parts ($359 million)