Utah’s exports help to keep the state’s economy strong, with the state exporting over $16 billion in goods during 2022. Nearly 433,000 jobs in the state depend on international trade, with more than 3,500 companies across the state exporting goods. 85% of these companies are also small and medium sized businesses.

Job Creation

  • In Utah, 432,800 jobs were supported by international trade in 2019, representing 20.3% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2020, 3,537 companies exported goods from Utah of which 85% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2018, 54,100 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.3,4

Exports and Growth

  • Utah exported $18.1 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2021, a 2% increase compared to 2020 driven by continued economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy.5
    • United Kingdom ($7.1 billion)
    • Canada ($1.7 billion)
    • Mexico ($1.1 billion)
    • China ($1.1 billion)
    • Japan ($765 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Utah's' economy, totaling $558 million in 2020, according to the USDA.6
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $207 million in exports from 25 companies in Utah.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $67 million in exports from Utah companies.9

Education and Research

  • During 2020, 9,233 international students were enrolled in Utah colleges and universities and contributed $252 million to the Utah economy.10

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,209 Peace Corps volunteers from Utah have served in dozens of countries overseas.11