In 1980, only four states maintained foreign trade offices, but in the past thirty years a lot has changed. In 2010, at least 37 states were operating trade offices in foreign countries. State supported export promotion is now a key ingredient to state economic development strategies as state leaders recognize the importance of global markets in the creation of domestic jobs.
Scroll over each country on the map below to learn how many state trade offices operate in the profile country along with key state export stats. For more information on state international trade strategies – including export promotion – visit www.sidoamerica.org.
- 1 State International Development Organizations (SIDO) 2010 Annual Survey of State International Economic Development Agencies.
- 2 Statistics provided are for U.S. merchandise trade only, tabulated on a NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) basis for broad product categories (3-digit level of detail). All figures are for total exports (domestic exports plus re-exports), reflect initial unrevised data, and are on a Free Alongside Ship value basis. (For definitions of technical terms and other information on U.S. trade data, visit http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/guide/). Merchandise includes all tangible goods - e.g., manufactures, raw materials, and unprocessed agricultural commodities. Services are not included.
- 3 Author's calculations of 2010 annual data collected from U.S. TradeStats Express, provided by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Foreign Trade Division.