Milestone for FDI in the USA with more than USD 4 trillion

Direct Investment by Country and Industry: 2017

The U.S. direct investment abroad position, or cumulative level of investment, increased USD 427.3 billion to USD 6013.3 billion at the end of 2017 from USD 5586.0 billion at the end of 2016. The increase mainly reflected a USD 243.6 billion increase in the position in Europe, primarily in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands. By industry, affiliates in manufacturing and holding companies accounted for the largest increases.

The foreign direct investment in the United States position increased USD 260.4 billion to USD 4025.5 billion at the end of 2017 from USD 3765.1 billion at the end of 2016. The increase mainly reflected a USD 128.2 billion increase in the position from Europe, primarily Ireland, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. By industry, affiliates in manufacturing and wholesale trade accounted for the largest increases.

Highlights of the direct investment statistics by industry for 2017:

  • The U.S. direct investment abroad position was highly concentrated in holding companies, which accounted for nearly half of the position in 2017. By industry of the U.S. parent, investment by manufacturing multinational enterprises accounted for 55.6 % of the position.
  • The foreign direct investment position in the United States was concentrated in the U.S. manufacturing sector, which accounted for 39.9 % of the position.

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