While Indiana’s transportation and industrial manufacturing have long been profitable exports, its pharmaceutical exports are increasingly a driver of growth for the state -- leading to over $39 billion worth of goods exports in 2018. Overall, Indiana's international trade supports 770,000 jobs in the state.

Job Creation

  • In Indiana, 770,000 jobs were supported by international trade in 2017, representing 19.8% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2016, 8,170 companies exported goods from Indiana of which 84% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2016, 193,000 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2,3

Exports and Growth

  • Indiana exported $39.3 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2018. Indiana's largest markets in 2018 were:4
    • Canada ($13.3 billion)
    • Mexico ($5.4 billion)
    • Japan ($2.1 billion)
    • China ($2 billion)
    • Germany ($1.5 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Indiana's' economy, totaling $4.6 billion in 2017, according to the USDA.5
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $1 billion in exports from 78 companies in Indiana.6
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $92 million in Indiana companies for overseas investment.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $169 million in exports from Indiana companies, supporting an estimated 950 jobs in the state.8

Education and Research

  • In 2016-2017, 11,774 Indiana students studied abroad.9
  • During 2018, 29,994 international students were enrolled in Indiana colleges and universities and contributed $1 billion to the Indiana economy.9

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 3,536 Peace Corps volunteers from Indiana have served in dozens of countries overseas.10