Business Environment

United States

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Definition
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  • In 2017, foreign direct investment (FDI) inward flows in the United States amounted to €243,882.92m.
  • The import volumes of goods and services in the United States are forecast to grow by 3.70% in 2023.
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A country’s business environment refers to its main industries as well as to the operating environment for local and foreign businesses.

In order to provide insights into national operating conditions, the time needed to start a business or register property, tariff rates for selected product groups, and the quality of the infrastructure are presented. Also, information about the country’s competitiveness compared to other countries and about foreign direct investments is provided.
United States 2019

United States 2019

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Global Revenue Ranking (2019)
#1
United States
Import volume growth (2019)
-31.2% yoy
2.71%

Global Competitiveness Index

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Reading Support In 2018, United States achieved the highest value in global competitiveness with 85.64 points.

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Global Competitiveness Index:

The "Global Competitiveness Index” includes a total of 98 indicators of infrastructure, information and communications technology adoption, macroeconomic stability, as well as efficiency enhancers and innovation factors. These determine the level of competitiveness of a country. The ranking ranges from 0 (lowest rank) to 100 (highest rank). Highly competitive economies have higher chances of long-term prosperity than less competitive economies. A definition and detailed explanation of the displayed segments can be found here. ×

FDI (inward flows) FDI (outward flows)

in the Business Environment market in million € in million €

Reading Support In 2017, foreign direct investment (FDI) inward flows in the United States amounted to €243,882.92m. Reading Support In 2017, foreign direct investment (FDI) outward flows in the United States amounted to €303,120.27m.

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Foreign direct investments (inward flows):

The chart “Foreign direct investments (inward flows)” shows the value of inward direct investments (FDI) made by non-resident investors outside the receiving economy with the objective of establishing a lasting interest in enterprises located in the selected country.

Foreign direct investments (outward flows):

The chart “Foreign direct investments (outward flows)” shows the value of outward direct investments (FDI) made by residents of the reporting economy to external enterprises with the objective of establishing a lasting interest in foreign countries. A definition and detailed explanation of the displayed segments can be found here. ×

Import volume growth Export volume growth

in the Business Environment market in percent in percent

Reading Support The import volumes of goods and services in the United States are forecast to grow by 3.70% in 2023. Reading Support The export volumes of goods and services in the United States are forecast to grow by 2.58% in 2023.

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Import volumes growth:

The "Import volumes growth” chart shows a forecast of the percentage change of total imports of goods and services, whose characteristics are unchanged. The goods and services and their prices are constant, changes are due to changes in quantity only.

Export volume growth:

The "Export volume growth” chart shows a forecast of the percentage change of total exports of goods and services, whose characteristics are unchanged. The goods and services and their prices are constant, changes are due to changes in quantity only. A definition and detailed explanation of the displayed segments can be found here. ×

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Business administration
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Time needed to start a business in days
Number of calendar days needed to complete the procedures to operate a business | Source: World Bank
Time needed to register property in days
Number of calendar days needed for businesses to secure property rights | Source: World Bank
Time needed for tax requirements in hours
Time to prepare, file, and pay corporate income tax, value added or sales tax, and labor taxes, measured in hours per year | Source: World Bank
Time needed to resolve insolvency in years
Number of years from filing for insolvency in court until the resolution of distressed assets | Source: World Bank
Export values of merchandise trade
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Agricultural products in billion €
Shows the development of the export trade flows of agricultural products of the selected country, e.g., food and raw materials | Source: World Trade Organization
Fuels and mining products in billion €
Shows the development of the export trade flows of fuels and mining products of the selected country, e.g., ores and other minerals and fuels | Source: World Trade Organization
Manufactures in billion €
Shows the development of export trade flows of manufactures of the selected country, e.g., iron and steel, as well as machinery and transport equipment | Source: World Trade Organization
Export values of commercial services
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Transport in billion €
Shows the development of exports of transport services, e.g., sea or air transport and postal services | Source: World Trade Organization
Travel in billion €
Shows the development of exports of travel services, e.g., accommodation or local transport services | Source: World Trade Organization
Goods-related services in billion €
Shows the development of exports of goods-related services, e.g., maintenance and repair services | Source: World Trade Organization
Other commercial services in billion €
Shows the development of exports of other commercial services, e.g., construction, financial services or telecommunications, computer and information services | Source: World Trade Organization
Import values of merchandise trade
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Agricultural products in billion €
Shows the development of the import trade flows of agricultural products of the selected country, e.g., food and raw materials | Source: World Trade Organization
Fuels and mining products in billion €
Shows the development of the import trade flows of fuels and mining products of the selected country, e.g., ores and other minerals and fuels | Source: World Trade Organization
Manufactures in billion €
Shows the development of import trade flows of manufactures of the selected country, e.g., iron and steel as well as machinery and transport equipment | Source: World Trade Organization
Import values of commercial services
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Transport in billion €
Shows the development of imports of transport services, e.g., sea or air transport and postal services | Source: World Trade Organization
Travel in billion €
Shows the development of imports of travel services, e.g., accommodation or local transport services | Source: World Trade Organization
Goods-related services in billion €
Shows the development of imports of goods-related services, e.g., maintenance and repair services | Source: World Trade Organization
Other commercial services in billion €
Shows the development of imports of other commercial services, e.g., construction, financial services or telecommunications, computer and information services | Source: World Trade Organization
International Trade
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Time for border compliance (export) in hours
Number of hours needed to comply with an economy’s customs regulations that are mandatory for the shipment to cross a country’s border, including the time and place for handling that is carried out at the port or border | Source: World Bank
Documentary compliance (export) in hours
Number of hours associated with complying with the documentary requirements of all government agencies of the origin economy, the destination economy, as well as transit economies | Source: World Bank
Border compliance (import) in hours
Number of hours associated with complying with an economy’s customs regulations that are necessary for the shipment to cross the economy’s border, including customs clearance and inspection procedures | Source: World Bank
Documentary compliance (import) in hours
Number of hours associated with complying with the documentary requirements of all government agencies of the origin economy, the destination economy, and transit economies | Source: World Bank
Logistic conditions
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Quality of infrastructure
A country’s quality of trade and transport-related infrastructure, e.g., ports, railroads, and information technology, on a rating ranging from 1 (very low) to 5 (very high) measured by logistic professionals’ perception | Source: World Bank
Efficiency of customs clearance
Efficiency of a country’s customs clearance process, including speed, simplicity, and predictability of formalities on a rating from 1 (very low) to 5 (very high) | Source: World Bank
Source: Statista, November 2019
Source: Statista, November 2019, based on IMF, World Bank, UN and Eurostat

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