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Illinois Facts

  • Illinois placed fifth among the fifty states (#1 in the Midwest) in total exports last year with over $53 billion in international shipments.
  • In 2020, products from Illinois were sent to 213 countries.
  • Top countries for Illinois' exports are Canada, Mexico, Germany, Australia, China, Brazil, United Kingdom, and Japan.
  • 90% of Illinois exporters are small and medium-sized businesses and account for 25% of total state exports.
  • Direct exports account 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 USMCA

  • Illinois has realized significant benefits from USMCA related trade.
  • Canada and Mexico are Illinois' two largest trading partners importing approximately 38% of Illinois' total exports.
  • Illinois exports totaled more than $20 billion to USMCA country partners in 2020.

Illinois Trade Statistics (Global Edge)

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

2020 Illinois Manufacturing Facts

Illinois in the International Marketplace  (State of Illinois)

Trade Between Illinois And The World (State of Illinois)

Illinois Exports and Jobs 2019

Illinois Exports by Country

Illinois Exports by Commodity

St. Louis, MO-IL Merchandise Exports in 2018

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI): Illinois

Video: Where Will Your Next Customer Come From?

 Video: Strategies for Growth
Exporting Opportunities

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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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