Nebraska is rapidly increasing its exports to markets in Asia, with destinations including Japan, South Korea, and China. Overall, Nebraska's international trade supports more than 250,000 Nebraska jobs, with more than 1,800 companies exporting goods in the state.

Job Creation

  • In Nebraska, 256,800 jobs (19.5%) are supported by trade, including 62,670 jobs supported by manufactured goods exports in 2016.1
  • In 2015, 1,821 companies exported goods from Nebraska of which 79% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2015, 32,800 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2

Exports and Growth

  • Nebraska exported $7.2 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2017. Nebraska's largest markets in 2017 were:2
    • Canada ($1.5 billion)
    • Mexico ($1.5 billion)
    • Japan ($777 million)
    • China ($484 million)
    • South Korea ($442 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Nebraska's' economy, totaling $6.6 billion in 2016, according to the USDA.3
  • Since 2013, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $581 million in exports from 30 companies in Nebraska.4
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $1.2 billion in Nebraska companies for overseas investment.5

Education and Research

  • In 2015-2016, 1,985 Nebraska students studied abroad.6
  • During 2017, 6,089 international students were enrolled in Nebraska colleges and universities and contributed $170 million to the Nebraska economy.6

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,440 Peace Corps volunteers from Nebraska have served in dozens of countries overseas.7