Keith Webster Keith Webster
Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, President, Defense and Aerospace Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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July 22, 2021

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The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has issued the following news release today:

The U.S. direct investment abroad position, or cumulative level of investment, increased $244.9 billion to $6.15 trillion at the end of 2020 from $5.91 trillion at the end of 2019, according to statistics released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The increase reflected a $158.8 billion increase in the position in Europe, primarily in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. By industry, holding company affiliates owned by U.S. manufacturers had the largest increase.

The foreign direct investment in the United States position increased $187.2 billion to $4.63 trillion at the end of 2020 from $4.44 trillion at the end of 2019. The increase mainly reflected a $119.2 billion increase in the position from Europe, primarily Germany. By industry, affiliates in manufacturing, finance and insurance, and wholesale trade accounted for the majority of the increase.

The full text of the release on BEA's website can be found at: www.bea.gov/news/2021/direct-investment-country-and-industry-2020

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Keith Webster

Keith Webster

Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, President, Defense and Aerospace Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Keith Webster, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Defense and Aerospace Council, guides the focus of the council to strengthen the U.S. defense and aerospace industries by influencing domestic and international policy on behalf of its members.

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