Missouri’s machinery, chemicals, and food industries all benefit from international engagement. In 2018, Missouri exported over $14 billion worth of goods to foreign markets, benefiting more than 6,000 Missouri companies -- of which 85% are small and medium sized businesses. Overall, international trade supports more than 760,000 jobs in the state.

Job Creation

  • In Missouri, 767,400 jobs were supported by international trade in 2017, representing 20.5% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2016, 6,011 companies exported goods from Missouri of which 85% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2016, 119,200 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2,3

Exports and Growth

  • Missouri exported $14.5 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2018. Missouri's largest markets in 2018 were:4
    • Canada ($5.5 billion)
    • Mexico ($2.6 billion)
    • China ($783 million)
    • Japan ($533 million)
    • Belgium ($495 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Missouri's' economy, totaling $4 billion in 2017, according to the USDA.5
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $809 million in exports from 75 companies in Missouri.6
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $362 million in Missouri companies for overseas investment.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $213 million in exports from Missouri companies, supporting an estimated 1,200 jobs in the state.8

Education and Research

  • In 2016-2017, 5,782 Missouri students studied abroad.9
  • During 2018, 23,014 international students were enrolled in Missouri colleges and universities and contributed $627 million to the Missouri economy.9

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 3,593 Peace Corps volunteers from Missouri have served in dozens of countries overseas.10