10 Interesting Facts about Exporting in Michigan

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August 17, 2017

Michigan’s preeminence in manufacturing and industrial research and development make it the ideal home for export-based industries, and its strategic location offers easy access to Asian, European, and North and South American markets. Overall, trade supports nearly 1.2 million Michigan jobs.

Did You Know?

  1. 22% of total jobs or 1,187,900 jobs were supported by trade in Michigan in 2013. 

  1. 14,843 companies exported goods from Michigan in 2013. 

  1. 89% of total Michigan exporters were small- and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees, in 2013. 

  1. 208,900 people in Michigan were employed by affiliates of companies that are at least 50% foreign-owned, in 2013. 

  1. $53.2 billion in Michigan goods were exported to foreign markets in 2015.  

  1. Michigan’s largest markets in 2015 were Canada ($23.4 billion)Mexico ($11.1 billion)China ($3.2 billion)Germany ($1.9 billion) and Japan ($1.2 billion). =

  1. $3.1 billion in agricultural exports occurred in 2014, according to the USDA. 

  1. $9 billion in exports has been financed by the U.S. Export-Import Bank from 177 companies in 91 communities in Michigan, since 2011. 

  1. $1.6 billion has been invested in Michigan companies for overseas investment by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, since 1971. 

  1. 10,289 Michigan students studied abroad, in 2013-14. 

Source: U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. 

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce supports exporting through the CertifyMichiganTM program, which provides electronic Certificate of Origin services through an online portal that is secure, simple and fast. You can trust the Michigan Chamber to serve your export documentation needs.