International Presence

The Department of Commerce has a long and successful track record of helping international companies establish, relocate and expand business operations in the U.S. and North American markets.

The state has had a presence in Europe and Asia for decades, where we provide advisory and support services, including:

  • Identification of suitable communities, sites and buildings
  • Detailed information on industry sectors and operating costs
  • Introduction to the state’s pro-business environment
  • Access to technical and workforce training programs
  • Government assistance, language interpretation and customary procedures
  • Providing an on-the-ground point of contact
  • Trade assistance

Today, more than 1,200 international firms have facilities located in South Carolina, and this number continues to grow.

Europe Office

South Carolina’s European office was originally established in Brussels in the mid-1970s, but relocated to Germany to serve the growing interest in German firms. Today, the European office is situated in Munich.

Among the world-class European firms that call South Carolina home:


Almeida Palais
Brienner Straße 14
80333 Munich
Phone: 49-89-291-9170

Andre LeBlanc - Managing Director, Europe Office
Contact: European Office Managing Director


Asia Office

In 2005, Gov. Sanford opened the state’s office in Shanghai to serve the growing market in Asia and strengthen the relationship in Asian investments. Since the 1980s, the Palmetto State has seen significant investment from Asian companies, including:


Suite 2007, Ascendas Plaza
333 Tianyaoqiao Road, Shanghai, China 200030
Phone: +86 (0) 1379 5318 566

Thomas Shiekman - Managing Director, China

Wally Wang
1201 Main Street, Suite 1600
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Phone: 803-737-3165

Wally Wang - Senior Project Manager (China Project), South Carolina


PMC Building, 5th Floor
I-23-5 Higashi Azabu
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0044
Phone 81-3-6426-5975

Gregory Lyon - Managing Director, Japan
Contact: Managing Director, Japan


1400 A, 14th Floor
Devika Tower
6-Nehru Place
New Delhi 110019 
Phone 91-11-41709326/40546760 Ext. 101
Tarun Gupta - Representative, India