More than 95 percent of the world’s population and two-thirds of the global purchasing power lies outside America’s borders, yet less than 1 percent of the 30 million businesses in the U.S. export. Small- and medium-sized companies account for almost 97 percent of U.S. exporters, but still represent only about 30 percent of the total export value of U.S. goods.
Exporting enables companies to diversify their portfolios and to weather changes in the domestic economy. Moreover, for every $1 billion the U.S. exports, 6,250 jobs are created or supported in the manufacturing sector. (Source: U.S. Commercial Service)
Ohio is the ninth-largest exporting state in the U.S., consistently ranking as one of the top 10 exporting states in the nation since 2001. Ohio merchandise exports were valued at $48.5 billion in 2012, with machinery, vehicles, aircraft, electrical machinery, plastics, and optics as the top export categories. View the Ohio Exports Report.
Through an International Trade Assistance Center (ITAC), exporters can receive free, in-depth and confidential consultation from international trade specialists to develop an export strategy. International Trade Assistance Center offices are located throughout Ohio and promote business development through international market opportunities, increase small business export transactions and support the future competitiveness of Ohio companies through their participation in the global market. Center services include:
The Development Services Agency's Export Assistance Section is creating opportunities worldwide through its comprehensive and customized export services. The network of international offices promote the export of Ohio goods and services by providing small and medium-sized enterprises with qualified prospective agent and distributor reports, invaluable first-hand market research and in-country market assistance. Our presence throughout Ohio and in key markets worldwide equips Ohio companies with the tools needed to gain a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Our international offices are located in: