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International Memphis The City for New Business

By Brian Kline | October 7, 2015

If you are doing national or international business, you need to know that Memphis is the leading international shipping business center. It boasts five first-class railroads, one of the largest inland water ports in The United States, along with the busiest of all North America's air cargo airports - home to Fed Ex Headquarters. Memphis offers businesses the most cultivated and sophisticated international distribution services in the United States.

Additionally, Memphis provides abundant low cost real estate and a large, low cost work force. The combination of these factors makes it an ideal location for both national and global corporations. Memphis is truly an international marketplace. The region caters to thriving domestic and international businesses through the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce International Division.

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The International Division of the Greater Memphis Chamber

The purpose of the International Division is to educate and help expand the domestic and international interests of members. Also to eliminate any barriers through the efforts of the International Business Council. The council focuses on helping members define best practices that are most beneficial to expanding and serving both domestic and international markets.

The council actively seeks the views and opinions of members regarding key issues through meetings, mailings, and surveys. Being the focal point to gather information from the larger business community enables the council to refine multiple best practices to keep Memphis at forefront of the global business community. In addition to being a major exporter, Memphis is also home to major operations for more than 200 foreign-owned companies.

Memphis Distribution Facts

  • Memphis is home to four trade zones with multiple and growing subzones.
  • The Fed Ex hub provides fast shipping to anywhere in the world.
  • The culture of Memphis is internationally diverse.
  • Memphis is recognized as one of the fastest growing ports of entry by U.S. Customs.
  • Five major railroads serve Memphis, each with in-bond and out-bound container service.
  • More than 30 international freight forwarders operate from Memphis.

The multiple ports of entry continue to be among the fastest growing in the country in regard to the value of imports. Memphis International Airport clears more imports through U.S. customs than any other airport in the country. The combination of air, road, rail, and water ports make Memphis an ideal location for both imports and exports. From Memphis, imported goods can easily and quickly be cleared through customs, warehoused, assembled, and distributed throughout North America.

The FedEx hub provides daily non-stop air cargo shipments to Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, London, Paris, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Campinas Sao Paulo, Montreal, Tokyo, Seoul, as well as service to Russia, China, and developing markets.

Please leave a comment if this article was helpful or if you have a question.

BioAuthor bio: Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 35 years and writing about real estate investing for seven years. He also draws upon 30 plus years of business experience including 12 years as a manager at Boeing Aircraft Company. Brian currently lives at Lake Cushman, Washington. A vacation destination, a few short miles from a national forest. in the Olympic Mountains with the Pacific Ocean a couple of miles in the opposite direction.

Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 30 years and writing about real estate investing for seven years with articles listed on Yahoo Finance, Benzinga, and uRBN. Brian is a regular contributor at Realty Biz News
  • 2 comments on “International Memphis The City for New Business”

      1. Bruce,
        Thanks for pointing that out. I guess, I didn't get the memo. But I do want to be accurate so I'm making the change.


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