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Illinois sees record-breaking exports

It was another record-breaking year with export sales for Illinois at over $78.7 billion in 2023.


According to rankings by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Illinois continues to lead the Midwest as the top exporting state and fifth in the nation.


“Illinois is once again recognized as a leader in global exports,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “As the fifth largest exporting state in the nation, our $78.7 billion in international sales support countless jobs across the state – a sign of a thriving economy. I’m also thankful to the broad array of industries who contributed to this milestone. Their robust selection of goods and services signal to the world that a trade partnership with Illinois is good for business.”


Illinois is a leading global gateway, with its convenient geographic location and proximity to airports, railways and shipping ports helping companies move their products to over 200 countries around the world. Since 2019, Illinois exports have increased by 32%. Mexico, Illinois’ second top export market, was the single greatest contributor to growth, with export sales exceeding 12% growth since 2022 and 39% since 2019. Top export markets include Canada, Mexico, Germany, China and Australia.


“The State of Illinois continues to grow as a global economic powerhouse with record-breaking export sales,” said DCEO Director Kristin Richards. “Through resources provided by DCEO’s Office of Trade and Investment, Illinois businesses can access opportunities to help them succeed at home and across the globe.” ​


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