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How Many Exporters are in Your State and How Much Do They Export?
September 12, 2023 Ken Click, Business Development Specialist

Based on 2020 data from the International Trade Administration (ITA), a department of the U.S. Department of Commerce, there are approximately 264,000 small business goods exporters in the United States. To find out how many of these exporters are located in a particular state and gather other state-level international trade-related insights, consider the government resources listed below.  

The ITA’s State Economy and Trade Factsheets show exports to the world (in billions of dollars) from 2013-2022 along with every state’s top five trading partners and top five export sectors. The Factsheets also display information about the number of companies in the state that exported goods and the percentage of these exporters that are categorized as small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs are defined by the ITA as businesses with fewer than 500 employees). As well, there is a ranking of exports (in millions of dollars) by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) per state – at the time of publication, there are 387 MSAs throughout the U.S. The Factsheets are prepared by the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis, and sources include the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  

Another ITA creation, TradeStats Express-State Trade Data uses U.S. Census Bureau data to show state export figures by product using North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes (two, three, or four-digits) and by partner (country, geographic area, and trade/economic area), among other information. Annual state data can be retrieved as far back as 2009 as well as year-to-date data to see more current trends. Both TradeStats and the Factsheets feature charts and corresponding information that can be downloaded in different formats.  

EXIM’s mission is to support American jobs by facilitating the export of U.S. goods and services – and this support includes exports from every state. The most recent EXIM Annual Report shows the estimated value of EXIM-assisted U.S. exports by state over a 10-year period, through September 2022.  The export value estimates are based on disbursements of EXIM financing. Articles, case studies, webinars, and videos of customers that are filterable by state can be viewed on EXIM’s Customer Success page.  

Whether you are based in Hawaii, Maine, or somewhere in between, EXIM has staff dedicated to serving exporters throughout the U.S. To learn how EXIM’s financing support can level the playing field, please click here to schedule a free consultation with an EXIM trade finance specialist.  

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EXIM’s Blog postings are intended to highlight various facets of exporting, but the postings are not legal advice, and are not intended to summarize all legal requirements associated with exporting.