Missouri's machinery, chemicals, and food industries all benefit from international engagement. In 2017, Missouri exported $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 over 700,000 jobs in the state.

Job Creation

  • In Missouri, 706,800 jobs (19%) are supported by trade, including 84,868 jobs supported by manufactured goods exports in 2016.1
  • In 2015, 6,008 companies exported goods from Missouri of which 85% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2015, 110,000 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2

Exports and Growth

  • Missouri exported $14.2 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2017. Missouri's largest markets in 2017 were:2
    • Canada ($5.1 billion)
    • Mexico ($2.5 billion)
    • China ($926 million)
    • Belgium ($578)
    • Japan ($554)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Missouri's' economy, totaling $3.6 billion in 2016, according to the USDA.3
  • Since 2013, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $929 million in exports from 77 companies in Missouri.4
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $362 million in Missouri companies for overseas investment.5

Education and Research

  • In 2015-2016, 5,844 Missouri students studied abroad.6
  • During 2017, 23,261 international students were enrolled in Missouri colleges and universities and contributed $706 million to the Missouri economy.6

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 3,471 Peace Corps volunteers from Missouri have served in dozens of countries overseas.7