Helping Illinois Businesses Succeed in the Global Marketplace
- 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 [IMAGE: ] (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)