Pennsylvania is one of the top ten states in the country for exports, generating over $38 billion worth of goods exports in 2017. With two major city centers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, more than 15,000 Pennsylvania companies export goods across the globe each year. And nearly 90 percent of Pennsylvania's exporters are small and medium sized businesses.

Job Creation

  • In Pennsylvania, 1,398,000 jobs (18.4%) are supported by trade, including 176,514 jobs supported by manufactured goods exports in 2016.1
  • In 2015, 15,023 companies exported goods from Pennsylvania of which 89% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2015, 300,800 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2

Exports and Growth

  • Pennsylvania exported $38.6 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2017. Pennsylvania's largest markets in 2017 were:2
    • Canada ($10.2 billion)
    • Mexico ($4 billion)
    • China ($2.5 billion)
    • United Kingdom ($1.8 billion)
    • Japan ($1.6 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Pennsylvania's' economy, totaling $1.9 billion in 2016, according to the USDA.3
  • Since 2013, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $5 billion in exports from 216 companies in Pennsylvania.4
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $1.6 billion in Pennsylvania companies for overseas investment.5

Education and Research

  • In 2015-2016, 19,524 Pennsylvania students studied abroad.6
  • During 2017, 51,129 international students were enrolled in Pennsylvania colleges and universities and contributed $1.9 billion to the Pennsylvania economy.6

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 8,379 Peace Corps volunteers from Pennsylvania have served in dozens of countries overseas.7