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 $45 billion worth of goods exports in 2022. 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, 8,194 companies exported goods from Indiana of which 84% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2018, 204,100 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.3,4

Exports and Growth

  • Indiana exported $41.1 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2021, a 16% increase compared to 2020 driven by continued economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy.5
    • Canada ($14.8 billion)
    • Mexico ($5.9 billion)
    • China ($3.6 billion)
    • Germany ($2.7 billion)
    • Japan ($2.1 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Indiana's' economy, totaling $6.7 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, 24,628 international students were enrolled in Indiana colleges and universities and contributed $785 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