AGN Country Portals

Doing Business in the United States

Published in October 2017

So many international companies and firms have business in the United States. With a market of more than 324 million people, AGN North America has excellent firms to help you and your clients do business here. While most of this market speaks English, 12% speak Spanish and 7% speak other languages.

Technology is a huge part of the economy and technological developments and applications are at the forefront of US companies. IT, pharmaceutical, medical, aerospace and military equipment companies are also important sectors in this vast and somewhat diverse country.

Growth in 2017 exceeded 3%, which is the highest in two years. The GDP per capita income is $59,609 and so is categorized by the World Bank as high income. The United States is the second largest exporting economy in the world, after China. Their top exports in 2017 include:

  1. Machinery / computers: US$190.5 billion (13.1% of total exports)
  2. Electrical machinery, equipment: $167.2 billion (11.5%)
  3. Aircraft, spacecraft: $134.6 billion (9.3%)
  4. Vehicles : $124.3 billion (8.5%)
  5. Mineral fuels including oil: $94.7 billion (6.5%)
  6. Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $82.0 billion (5.6%)
  7. Plastics, plastic articles: $58.4 billion (4.0%)
  8. Gems, precious metals: $57.8 billion (4.0%)
  9. Pharmaceuticals: $47.1 billion (3.2%)
  10. Organic chemicals: $33.9 billion (2.3%)


Companies and individuals make most business decisions, and the federal and state governments buy goods and contracts mainly in the private market.

Doing business in the US is easier than in most other countries. There is a lot of flexibility on the part of private companies to make decisions about expansion, new product development and employment. Nearly every sort of business already exists and startups are plentiful and common. Tax and other laws can be complex so it is best to seek the advice of a good accounting firm to help with tax incentives, taxation and regulation.

American companies also are amongst the largest sources of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) abroad.

For the most up-to-date statistics, this portal incorporates various live data feeds from:

  • The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • The World Bank
  • The observatory of Economic Complexity



Use the navigations buttons below to access to more live data:
Inflation, Development indicators, Exports, Trade Balance, and more.

OECD Country Comparison Portal

The window below is a direct feed of regularly updated information from the OECD. It provides data concerning everything from GDP growth, fiscal balance, investment, and unemployment rates to consumption, import volume and export volume. The window allows comparisons between The United States and other countries of the OECD average for these factors.

Inflation (CPI)

Total, Annual growth rate (%)

World Bank Development Indicators

The window below is a feed from the World Bank website and shows the primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current, accurate and global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates. Amongst others it covers critical areas of Agriculture & Rural Development, Climate Change, Economy & Growth, Education, Energy & Mining, Environment, External Debt, Health, Infrastructure and Labor & Social Protection.


This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC). Products, represented by rectangles, are drawn from the 775 individual product classes found in the Standardized International Trade Code.

This graph shows volumes of goods exported from the United States.


This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC). Products, represented by rectangles, are drawn from the 775 individual product classes found in the Standardized International Trade Code.

This graph shows volumes of goods imported into The United States.

Trade Balance

This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC).

This graph illustrates the subsequent trade balance of exports and imports to and from The United States.


This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC).

This graph shows the destinations of goods and services by country.


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AGN News in the region:

October 2019

Symposium Success: NA Fall Symposium 2019 Press Release


This year, AGN NA hosted its annual Fall Symposium in Atlanta GA, on October 20 - 22. The event saw a total of 80 attendees, of which 63 were delegates. 

The event presented attendees with dynamic speakers on current practice management issues such as growth, staff retention, and firm culture, as well as a two-day tax seminar for AGN tax professionals. The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta’s Buckhead section also hosted AGN’s staff level training and emerging leaders program, rounding out a diverse representation of AGN member firms.

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June 2019

AGN firm member James Moore wins two awards


James Moore, founded in 1964, is a regional firm with offices in Daytona Beach, DeLand, Gainesville and Tallahassee, Florida. The firm specialises in providing tax, auditing, accounting and controllership, wealth management services, technology solutions, HR solutions, and business consulting services. Click on the link below to find out which awards they won, and links to the full articles.

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