Kansas's transportation, manufacturing, and food products are in increasing demand throughout the world. In 2017, the state exported over $11 billion worth of goods, with international trade supporting more than 350,000 jobs across the state.

Job Creation

  • In Kansas, 354,400 jobs (18.5%) are supported by trade, including 60,121 jobs supported by manufactured goods exports in 2016.1
  • In 2015, 3,263 companies exported goods from Kansas of which 82% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2015, 57,600 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2

Exports and Growth

  • Kansas exported $11.3 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2017. Kansas's largest markets in 2017 were:2
    • Canada($2.4 billion)
    • Mexico ($1.9 billion)
    • Japan ($981 million)
    • China ($703 million)
    • Germany ($431 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Kansas's' economy, totaling $4.5 billion in 2016, according to the USDA.3
  • Since 2013, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $1 billion in exports from 54 companies in Kansas.4
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $303 million in Kansas companies for overseas investment.5

Education and Research

  • In 2015-2016, 2,783 Kansas students studied abroad.6
  • During 2017, 10,231 international students were enrolled in Kansas colleges and universities and contributed $261 million to the Kansas economy.6

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,811 Peace Corps volunteers from Kansas have served in dozens of countries overseas.7