Utah's exports help to keep the state's economy strong. Over 350,000 jobs in the state depend on international trade, with more than 3,400 companies across the state exporting goods. 84% of these companies are also small and medium sized businesses.

Job Creation

  • In Utah, 352,900 jobs (18.3%) are supported by trade, including 51,267 jobs supported by manufactured goods exports in 2016.1
  • In 2015, 3,466 companies exported goods from Utah of which 84% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2015, 42,200 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2

Exports and Growth

  • Utah exported $11.6 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2017. Utah's largest markets in 2017 were:2
    • United Kingdom ($2.3 billion)
    • Hong Kong ($1.6 billion)
    • Canada ($1.2 billion)
    • China ($734 million)
    • Mexico ($684 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Utah's' economy, totaling $390.4 million in 2016, according to the USDA.3
  • Since 2013, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $136 million in exports from 33 companies in Utah.4
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $67 million in Utah companies for overseas investment.5

Education and Research

  • In 2015-2016, 3,944 Utah students studied abroad.6
  • During 2017, 8,520 international students were enrolled in Utah colleges and universities and contributed $200 million to the Utah economy.6

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,164 Peace Corps volunteers from Utah have served in dozens of countries overseas.7