With a major port in Savannah and one of the most trafficked airports in the world in Atlanta, exports are a crital component of Georgia's economy. Home to major companies like Coca-Cola and Delta, Georgians have seen firsthand the growth and job creation that results from engagement in the global economy. With more than 14,300 companies in the state exporting, international trade supports more than one million jobs in the state.

Job Creation

  • In Georgia, 1,112,100 jobs (18.6%) are supported by trade, including 181,731 jobs supported by manufactured goods exports in 2016.1
  • In 2015, 14,369 companies exported goods from Georgia of which 88% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2015, 226,900 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2

Exports and Growth

  • Georgia exported $37.2 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2017. Georgia's largest markets in 2017 were:2
    • Canada ($6.1 billion)
    • Mexico ($3.6 billion)
    • China ($2.8 billion)
    • Germany ($1.8 billion)
    • Singapore ($1.4 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Georgia's' economy, totaling $2.9 billion in 2016, according to the USDA.3
  • Since 2013, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $3 billion in exports from 114 companies in Georgia.4
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $1.2 billion in Georgia companies for overseas investment.5

Education and Research

  • In 2015-2016, 11,429 Georgia students studied abroad.6
  • During 2017, 21,510 international students were enrolled in Georgia colleges and universities and contributed $747 million to the Georgia economy.6

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 3,688 Peace Corps volunteers from Georgia have served in dozens of countries overseas.7