Delaware is home to some of America's most important businesses, including DuPont, which drives the state's chemical manufacturing industry. Exporters like this are growing Delaware's economy, helping to support over 100,000 jobs tied to international trade.

Job Creation

  • In Delaware, 108,200 jobs (18.8%) are supported by trade, including 19,981 jobs supported by manufactured goods exports in 2016.1
  • In 2015, 1,596 companies exported goods from Delaware of which 87% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2015, 27,000 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2

Exports and Growth

  • Delaware exported $4.6 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2017. Delaware's largest markets in 2017 were:2
    • Canada ($600 million)
    • Saudi Arabia ($499 million)
    • China ($353 million)
    • Mexico ($327 million)
    • United Kingdom ($323 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Delaware's' economy, totaling $258 million in 2016, according to the USDA.3
  • Since 2013, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $39 million in exports from 7 companies in Delaware.4
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $778 million in Delaware companies for overseas investment.5

Education and Research

  • In 2015-2016, 1,572 Delaware students studied abroad.6
  • During 2017, 5,664 international students were enrolled in Delaware colleges and universities and contributed $160 million to the Delaware economy.6

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 531 Peace Corps volunteers from Delaware have served in dozens of countries overseas.7