Trade Missions

Join Us in China- October 2014

China- November 2013

WBBA President & CEO Chris Rivera and Seattle-owned StratusG LLC President and CEO, Jary Krauser,  joined Governor Jay Inslee’s Washington State Delegation to China. The Delegation’s mission was to establish and strengthen business and trading ties between Washington State and Chinese businesses.

Europe - June 23-24, 2011

"We are winding down our trade mission in France and Germany today. It has been an extremely productive trip, and I am confident will lead to many new and ongoing collaborations with many of our Member organizations."

"As soon as we landed in Germany, we wasted no time getting to work. I joined our life-sciences delegation to attend an international summit on life sciences in Hannover. There – the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association’s Chris Rivera not only celebrated his 50th birthday (happy birthday Chris!), but I also witnessed as he signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate with his counter-parts in Germany to ensure advancement and job-growth for both regions. And they’re wasting no time collaborating! Life science leaders from Germany have agreed to visit Washington state in July, 2012 for our annual life sciences summit."

India and Korea - September 30 - October 11, 2011

WBBA President Chris Rivera joined Washington Governor Chris Gregoire on a trade mission to India and Korea from Sept. 30 - Oct. 11.  During the mission, WBBA and Washington State signed MOUs (memoranda of understanding) with the Korean International Trade Association, India's Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry.

Read more about the trade mission at Gov. Gregoire's online travel journal.




South Korea



Market Background


  • India has posted an average annual growth rate of 7% since 1997.
  • 400 million people will enter India's middle class in the next 15 to 20 years.
  • Washington companies exported $661 million worth of goods to India in 2011.
  • Washington exports to India are up over 33% from the same period last year.


  • South Korea is the United States' seventh largest trading partner, and third largest U.S. export market.
  • In 2011, total U.S.-Korea trade exceeded USD 100 billion for the first time ever.
  • South Korea's forecast GDP growth for 2012 is 3.6%.


  • Saudi Arabia is the largest economy in the Middle East and the largest market in the region for U.S. products and services. The country has been designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce as one of six important “next tier” markets that hold increasing opportunities for American companies over the next 10 years.
  • $1.4 trillion in investment opportunities.
  • Top 20 destination for FDI globally.
  • $385 billion public spending for 2009-2014 Development Plan.
  • Ranked 12th in “Ease of Doing Business” by the World Bank.

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