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 14,000 companies in the state exporting, international trade supports more than 1.2 million jobs in the state.

Job Creation

  • In Georgia, 1,222,400 jobs were supported by international trade in 2017, representing 20.1% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2016, 14,068 companies exported goods from Georgia of which 88% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2016, 239,200 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2,3

Exports and Growth

  • Georgia exported $40.6 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2018. Georgia's largest markets in 2018 were:4
    • Canada ($6.2 billion)
    • Mexico ($3.9 billion)
    • China ($3 billion)
    • Germany ($2.3 billion)
    • Singapore ($1.6 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Georgia's' economy, totaling $2.8 billion in 2017, according to the USDA.5
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $3 billion in exports from 134 companies in Georgia.6
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $1.2 billion in Georgia companies for overseas investment.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $529 million in exports from Georgia companies, supporting an estimated 3,000 jobs in the state.8

Education and Research

  • In 2016-2017, 11,417 Georgia students studied abroad.9
  • During 2018, 22,789 international students were enrolled in Georgia colleges and universities and contributed $809 million to the Georgia economy.9

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 3,877 Peace Corps volunteers from Georgia have served in dozens of countries overseas.10