About Washington State Trade

Washington Exports & Foreign Investment

In 2016, Washington exported $79.6 billion of Made-in-America goods to the world, which supported an estimated 375 thousand jobs.

Exports from Washington and Jobs

  • Washington was the 3rd largest state exporter of goods in 2016.
  • In 2016, Washington goods exports were $79.6 billion, an increase of 88 percent ($37 billion) from its export level in 2006.
  • Goods exports accounted for 19.5 percent of Washington GDP in 2015 (latest year available).
  • An estimated 375 thousand jobs were supported by Washington goods exports in 2015 (latest year available). Nationally, jobs supported by goods exports pay up to an estimated 18 percent above the national average.

Made-in-America Manufacturing Exports from Washington and Jobs

  • In 2015, Washington exported $66.2 billion of manufactured products.
  • Washington exports of manufactured products supported an estimated 343 thousand jobs in 2015.
  • The state’s largest manufacturing export category is transportation equipment, which accounted for $47.9 billion of Washington’s total goods exports in 2016.
  • Other top manufacturing exports are computer & electronic products ($3.8 billion), food & kindred products ($3.1 billion), petroleum & coal products ($2.1 billion), and machinery, except electrical ($1.9 billion).

Exports Sustain Thousands of Washington Businesses many of which are SMEs

  • A total of 12,211 companies exported from Washington locations in 2015 (latest year available). Of those, 10,901 (89.3 percent) were small and medium sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees.
  •  Small and medium-sized firms generated 19.3 percent of Washington’s total exports of goods in 2015.

Washington Depends on World Markets

  • The state’s largest market was China. Washington exported $16.1 billion in goods to China in 2016, representing 20 percent of the state’s total goods exports.
  • China was followed by Japan ($7.1 billion), Canada ($7.0 billion), United Arab Emirates ($4.2 billion), and Korea, South ($4.2 billion).


  1. Office of the United States Trade Representative “FACT SHEET: Washington State Jobs and Business Supported by Exports”