Mississippi Trade Facts 
  • In 2018, Mississippi exported $11.6 billion of Made-in-America goods to the world. In 2016, exports from Mississippi supported an estimated 51 thousand jobs.

Exports from Mississippi and Jobs

  • Mississippi was the 30th largest state exporter of goods in 2018.
  • In 2018, Mississippi goods exports were $11.6 billion, an increase of 59 percent ($4.3 billion) from its export level in 2008.
  • Goods exports accounted for 10.2 percent of Mississippi GDP in 2018.
  • Mississippi goods exports in 2016 (latest year available) supported an estimated 51 thousand jobs. Nationally, jobs supported by goods exports pay up to an estimated 18 percent above the national average.

Made-in-America Manufacturing Exports from Mississippi and Jobs

  • In 2018, Mississippi exported $10.9 billion of manufactured products.
  • Mississippi exports of manufactured products supported an estimated 43 thousand jobs in 2016.
  • The state's largest manufacturing export category is petroleum & coal products, which accounted for $3.0 billion of Mississippi's total goods exports in 2018.
  • Other top manufacturing exports are computer & electronic products ($1.3 billion), chemicals ($1.2 billion), miscellaneous manufactured commodities ($1.1 billion), and transportation equipment ($1.0 billion).

Exports Sustain Thousands of Mississippi Businesses many of which are SMEs

  • A total of 1,995 companies exported from Mississippi locations in 2016 (latest year available). Of those, 1,501 (75 percent) were small and medium sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees.
  • Small and medium-sized firms generated 13.8 percent of Mississippi's total exports of goods in 2016.

Mississippi Depends on World Markets

  • The state’s largest market was Canada. Mississippi exported $2.2 billion in goods to Canada in 2018, representing 19 percent of the state’s total goods exports.
  • Canada was followed by Mexico ($1.2 billion), Panama ($1.0 billion), China ($638 million), and Japan ($525 million).
  • Mississippi’s exports (2018 value) to major world areas included:


2018 Value


$5.8 billion


$2.8 billion

European Union

$1.7 billion

South/Central America and Caribbean

$3.1 billion

Sub-Saharan Africa

$123 million

  • 56 percent of Mississippi’s exports ($6.5 billion) go to current FTA partners. 

Agriculture in Mississippi depends on Exports

  • Mississippi is the country’s 22nd largest agricultural exporting state, shipping $2.0 billion in domestic agricultural exports abroad in 2017 (latest data available according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture).1

  • Top Agricultural exports (2017 value) were:


2017 Value

 2017 State Rank


$584 million



$363 million


broiler meat

$268 million


soybean meal

$106 million


other livestock products

$105 million


International Investment Creates Jobs in Mississippi

  • In 2015 (latest data available), foreign-controlled companies employed 37,900 Mississippi workers. Major sources of foreign investment in Mississippi included Japan, the United Kingdom and Germany.
  • Foreign investment in Mississippi was responsible for 4.2 percent of the state's total private-industry employment in 2015.

Mississippi’s Major Metropolitan Areas Benefit from Exporting

  • In 2017 (latest data available), the following metropolitan areas in Mississippi recorded goods exports: Memphis ($11.2 billion), Gulfport ($4 billion), Jackson ($1.2 billion), Hattiesburg ($251.2 million).


1Estimates of state exports of agricultural products by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and goods exports by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce are based on different methodologies and are not directly comparable.