Kansas’s transportation, manufacturing, and food products are in increasing demand throughout the world. In 2018, the state exported over $11 billion worth of goods, with international trade supporting more than 380,000 jobs in across the state.

Job Creation

  • In Kansas, 380,400 jobs were supported by international trade in 2017, representing 19.8% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2016, 3,190 companies exported goods from Kansas of which 83% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2016, 58,000 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2,3

Exports and Growth

  • Kansas exported $11.6 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2018. Kansas's largest markets in 2018 were:4
    • Mexico ($2.1 billion)
    • Canada ($1.9 billion)
    • Japan ($1 billion)
    • China ($657 million)
    • United Kingdom ($528 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Kansas's' economy, totaling $4.8 billion in 2017, according to the USDA.5
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $860 million in exports from 46 companies in Kansas.6
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $303 million in Kansas companies for overseas investment.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $944 million in exports from Kansas companies, supporting an estimated 5,300 jobs in the state.8

Education and Research

  • In 2016-2017, 2,697 Kansas students studied abroad.9
  • During 2018, 9,571 international students were enrolled in Kansas colleges and universities and contributed $260 million to the Kansas economy.9

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,857 Peace Corps volunteers from Kansas have served in dozens of countries overseas.10