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:

Adidas, BMW, Bosch, GlaxoSmithKline, Lafarge, Michelin

Contact:Ford Graham

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

Ford Graham - South Carolina Director of International Investment, 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:

FUJIFILM, Haier Group, Honda, Kyocera, Mitsubishi, Nissan


Room 143, 14H, Hang Seng Bank Tower
1000 Lujiazui Ring Road
Pudong, Shanghai China 200120
Phone: (86)-21-5054-0116

John Ling - Managing Director, China
Contact: Asia Office Managing Director


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