Facts and Figures

Exports grow Kentucky’s economy. Selling to other countries helps companies ride out seasonal and regional fluctuations in sales, extend the life cycle of their products, develop and adapt new products and diversify their dependence on sectors and clients.

In 2013, Kentucky ranked 2nd in the nation among states for percentage export growth and 8th in the U.S. for exports on a per capita basis. That’s an impressive distinction considering that Kentucky is not a coastal or a border state. While Kentucky is home to a number of large exporters, most of the state’s exporters are small and medium-sized businesses, selling products and services to nations around the globe.

Snapshot of Kentucky’s Exports
  • Kentucky exports totaled a record $25.285 billion in 2013.
  • Kentucky ranks 18th in the nation in total exports.
  • Kentucky’s total exports increased by 14.3% or $3.16 billion from 2012 to 2013.
  • Manufactured goods accounted for nearly 98.5% of all Kentucky exports in 2013.
  • Kentucky exported to 198 countries during 2013.
  • Top export industry sectors in Kentucky include: Aerospace, motor vehicles, synthetic fibers, pharmaceuticals, and basic chemicals.
  • Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, China, Brazil, Japan, France, and Germany are Kentucky’s top export markets.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

For more information about Kentucky trade data, please contact:
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Old Capitol Annex
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Phone: (502) 564-7140

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