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Illinois Facts

  • Illinois placed fifth among the fifty states (#1 in the Midwest) in total exports last year with over $64 billion in international shipments.
  • In 2017, products from Illinois were sent to 223 countries.
  • Top countries for Illinois' exports are Canada, Mexico, China, Germany, Japan, Australia, Belgium, United Kingdom, Brazil and Netherlands.
  • 90% of Illinois exporters (20,926) were small and medium-sized businesses and accounted for 25% of total state exports (2014 data).
  • Direct exports accounted for nearly 10% of the Gross State Product (GSP).
  • Wages for workers in manufacturing and service exporting sectors, where Illinois is strongest, substantially exceed the U.S. average.
  • International sales are the key to long-term business survival in today's competitive global environment. Illinois industries with significant export potential include: Industrial Machinery, Agricultural Products, Transportation Equipment, Chemicals, Computers, Electronic/Electrical Products, Metals and Plastics.

Illinois and NAFTA

  • Illinois has realized significant benefits from NAFTA related trade.
  • Canada and Mexico are Illinois' two largest trading partners importing approximately 42% of Illinois' total exports.
  • Illinois exports totaled more than $28 billion to NAFTA country partners in 2017.

Illinois Exports, Jobs, and Foreign Investment

Illinois Trade Statistics (Global Edge)

Illinois Export Data (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Illinois Manufacturing Facts

Illinois in the International Marketplace  (State of Illinois)

Trade Between Illinois And The World (State of Illinois)

United States of Trade

Illinois Exports by Country

Illinois Exports by Commodity

St. Louis, MO-IL Merchandise Exports in 2016

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI): Illinois

Video: Where Will Your Next Customer Come From?

 Video: Strategies for Growth
Exporting Opportunities

Export Success Story Videos: 



The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as a service to Illinois small businesses

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