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Illinois Facts

  • Illinois placed fifth among the fifty states (#1 in the Midwest) in total exports last year with over $65 billion in international shipments.
  • Since 2009, Illinois exports have increased by $24.2 billion, or 58%, outperforming the national average of 50%.
  • In 2013, products from Illinois were sent to 215 countries.
  • Top countries for Illinois' exports are Canada, Mexico, China, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Japan, United Kingdom, Belgium, and France.
  • 90% of Illinois exporters (20,752) were small and medium-sized businesses and accounted for 22% of total state exports (2012 data).
  • Direct exports accounted for nearly 10% of the Gross State Product (GSP) in 2013.
  • Wages for workers in manufacturing and service exporting sectors, where Illinois is strongest, substantially exceed the U.S. average.
  • In 2011, over one-quarter (26.9%) of all manufacturing workers in Illinois depended on exports for their jobs.
  • 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 41% of Illinois' total exports.
  • Illinois exports totaled more than $27 billion to NAFTA country partners in 2012.

Illinois Exports, Jobs, and Foreign Investment

Illinois Trade Statistics (Global Edge)

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

Illinois in the International Marketplace (State of Illinois)

Trade Between Illinois And The World (State of Illinois)

Export Values in Illinois Hit Record High (Illinois Innovation Index)

Illinois Exports, FDI, New Markets (Business Climate)

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