While Indiana’s transportation and industrial manufacturing have long been profitable exports, its chemical exports are increasingly a driver of growth for the state – leading to over $20 billion worth of goods exports in 2023. Overall, Indiana’s international trade supports 749,000 jobs in the state.

Job Creation

  • In Indiana, 749,000 jobs were supported by international trade in 2019, representing 18.7% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2020, 8,486 companies exported goods from Indiana of which 85% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2018, 209,100 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.3,4

Exports and Growth

  • Indiana exported $56.1 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2023,a 24% increase compared to 2022 Indiana’s largest markets were:5
    • Canada ($14.8 billion)
    • Mexico ($7.5 billion)
    • China ($5.0 billion)
    • Germany ($3.9 billion)
    • Italy ($3.2 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Indiana's' economy, totaling $7.4 billion in 2020, according to the USDA.6
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $2 billion in exports from 93 companies in Indiana.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $111 million in exports from Indiana companies.9

Education and Research

  • During 2020, 26,739 international students were enrolled in Indiana colleges and universities and contributed $890 million to the Indiana economy.10

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 3,536 Peace Corps volunteers from Indiana have served in dozens of countries overseas.11