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According to U.S. Census Bureau, Wisconsin firms exported $22,299,896,358 worth of products to 202 countries around the world in 2017!

“It is good news for our state’s economy that exports in Wisconsin are increasing. Not only is Wisconsin becoming more attractive to global companies seeking to expand or establish operations in the U.S., but existing state businesses are experiencing more success in selling their products overseas.” - Governor Scott Walker


2017 International Trade Highlights

  • Wisconsin is top-20 among all states in total value of exports. U.S. exports as a whole were 6.60 percent greater in 2017 than in the previous year. The value of Wisconsin’s exports was 6.08 percent more than in 2016.
  • The 2017 total is 12.62 percent higher than the amount exported in 2010 when we took office.
  • Wisconsin’s direct imports in 2017 totaled $27,755,649,498 and were 23.75 percent greater than in 2016.
  • Industrial machinery continues to be the largest product category for both imports to ($5,061,362,402) and exports from ($5,389,802,905) Wisconsin. Tied for second were electrical machinery and medical and scientific instruments, both coming in a $2.2 billion – and each garnering 10 percent of the total exports.
  • About one-quarter of Wisconsin’s growth in exports can be attributed to Saudi Arabia’s purchase of military vehicles and parts. These resulted in a 139.97 percent increase of non-rail vehicle and parts exports.

Wisconsin Agricultural Trade Highlights

  • Wisconsin currently ranks 12th among U.S. states in agricultural exports.
  • Wisconsin exported $3.5 billion in agricultural products to 147 countries in 2017, an increase of 3.63 percent in value compared to the same period last year.
  • Wisconsin ranked first in the export of ginseng roots, prepared/preserved cranberries, sweet corn prepared/preserved, and bovine semen. Wisconsin ranked second in the export of whey, cheese and raw fur skins.
  • Exports of dairy, eggs and honey products* in 2017 were valued at $297 million, a 19.9 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Wisconsin now ranks fifth among U.S. states in the export of these products.

North American Connection

  • When combining imports and exports, Canada is Wisconsin’s top trading partner, accounting for 22.26 percent of Wisconsin’s combined imports ($4,250,348,033) and exports ($6,892,057,709).
  • Mexico ranks #2 for Wisconsin exports ($3,197,712,437) and #4 for imports ($2,937,708,256). Wisconsin exports to Mexico in 2017 are up 4.78 percent over the previous year.
  • Canada and Mexico are Wisconsin’s top two agriculture export markets as Wisconsin’s ag exports to the two countries have seen significant growth in the past twenty years. (DATCP)

Wisconsin’s International Trade by the Numbers

Wisconsin’s Top-5 Trade Partners

COUNTRY

2017

2016

’16-‘17 CHANGE

Canada

$11,142,405,742

$10,681,849,255

4.31%

China

$8,874,299,283

$7,195,068,301

23.34%

Mexico

$6,135,420,693

$5,804,991,158

5.69%

Ireland

$3,497,534,199

$305,601,173

1044.48%

Germany

$2,244,403,430

$2,004,724,170

11.96%

All Other

$18,161,482,509

$17,458,042,715

4.03%

TOTAL

$50,055,545,856

$43,450,276,772

15.20%

Wisconsin’s Top-5 Export Destinations by Export Value

COUNTRY

2017

2016

’16-‘17 CHANGE

Canada

$6,892,057,709

 $6,607,172,504

3.59%

Mexico

$3,197,712,437

 $3,051,772,302

12.38%

China

$1,731,830,321

 $1,424,842,014

-5.75%

Saudi Arabia

$796,230,257

 $465,261,493

21.74%

Japan

$789,561,682

 $862,022,094

2.78%

All Other

$8,892,503,952

$8,610,162,338

6.88%

TOTAL

$22,299,896,358

$21,021,232,745

6.08%

Wisconsin’s Top-5 Export Products by Export Value

COUNTRY

2017

2016

’16-’17 CHANGE

Industrial Machinery

$5,389,802,905

 $5,203,121,536

3.59%

Electric Machinery

$2,219,395,846

 $1,974,978,660

12.38%

Med. & Sci. Instruments

$2,201,665,885

 $2,335,923,126

-5.75%

Non-rail Vehicles & Parts

$1,906,780,402

 $1,566,272,721

21.74%

Plastic Products

$1,058,208,070

 $1,029,598,014

2.78%

All Other

$9,524,043,250

$8,911,338,688

6.88%

TOTAL

$22,299,896,358

 $21,021,232,745

6.08%

Note: The U.S. Census Bureau is the official source for U.S. export and import data, including data by individual state. WEDC subscribes to WISERTrade, an online service from the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research in Leverett, MA, that converts the raw census data into a more user-friendly format, http://www.wisertrade.org/.


Wisconsin’s Agricultural Trade by the Numbers

Wisconsin’s Top-5 Agricultural Export Markets

COUNTRY

2017

2016

’16-’17 CHANGE

Canada

$1.45 billion

$1.43 billion

1.45%

Mexico

$412 million

$360 million

14.24%

China

$299 million

$234 million

27.62%

Korea

$178 million

$178 million

0.33%

Japan

$146 million

$147 million

(-0.81)%

All Countries

$3.50 billion

$3.4 billion

3.6%

Wisconsin’s Top-5 Agricultural Exports

COUNTRY

2017

2016

’16-‘17 CHANGE

Prep Vegetables, Fruit, Nuts or Other Plant Parts

$341 million

$313 million

8.90%

Miscellaneous Food (ingredients, sauces, yeasts, mustards)

$331 million

$297 million

11.52%

Oil Seeds, Misc Grain, Seed, Fruit

$310 million

$228 million

35.69%

Dairy/Eggs/Honey/Etc (cheese, milk, whey, butter, etc.)

$297 million

$248 million

19.98%

Wood & Articles of Wood; Wood Charcoal

$254 million

$224 million

13.3%

All Products

$3.5 billion

$3.4 billion

3.6%

Note: Percent change is based on raw data. Data source: World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISERTrade). Prepared by the International Agribusiness Center, DATCP, February 2018. https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/2017WIAgExportHighlights.pdf

*Last Updated: April 30, 2018