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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Expand Market Access

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) offers tremendous opportunities for U.S. exporters.  TPP members comprise a population of roughly 800 million and these dynamic economies generate nearly 40 percent of global GDP. The United States already has strong trade and investment ties to this region; we exported $697.8 billion in goods to all TPP markets in 2013, or about 44 percent of total U.S. exports, and are seeking through TPP to further deepen our economic relations.

Alabama Trade Facts

  • In 2017, Alabama exported a record $21.8 billion of Made-in-America goods to the world.  In 2016, exports from Alabama supported an estimated 98 thousand jobs.

Exports from Alabama and Jobs

  • Alabama was the 21st largest state exporter of goods in 2017.

  • In 2017, Alabama goods exports were $21.8 billion, an increase of 51 percent ($7.4 billion) from its export level in 2007.

  • Goods exports accounted for 10.3 percent of Alabama GDP in 2017.

  • Alabama goods exports in 2016 (latest year available) supported an estimated 98 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 Alabama and Jobs

  • In 2017, Alabama exported $19.8 billion of manufactured products.

  • Alabama exports of manufactured products supported an estimated 92 thousand jobs in 2016.

  • The state's largest manufacturing export category is transportation equipment, which accounted for $11.0 billion of Alabama's total goods exports in 2017.

  • Other top manufacturing exports are chemicals ($2.3 billion), primary metal mfg ($1.9 billion), paper ($1.0 billion), and machinery, except electrical ($695 million).

Exports Sustain Thousands of Alabama Businesses many of which are SMEs

  • A total of 4,095 companies exported from Alabama locations in 2016 (latest year available). Of those, 3,293 (80 percent) were small and medium sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees.

  •  Small and medium-sized firms generated 15.8 percent of Alabama's total exports of goods in 2015.

Alabama Depends on World Markets

  • The state’s largest market was Canada. Alabama exported $4.2 billion in goods to Canada in 2017, representing 19 percent of the state’s total goods exports.

  • Canada was followed by China ($3.6 billion), Germany ($2.9 billion), Mexico ($2.9 billion), and Japan ($700 million).

  • Alabama’s exports (2017 Values) to major world areas included:


2017 Value


$13.1 billion


$6.1 billion

European Union

$5.3 billion

South/Central America and Caribbean

$1.6 billion

Sub-Saharan Africa

$246 million

  • 41 percent of Alabama’s exports ($8.9 billion) go to current FTA partners.  

Agriculture in Alabama depends on Exports

  • Alabama is the country’s 32nd largest agricultural exporting state, shipping $1.2 billion in domestic agricultural exports abroad in 2016 (latest data available according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture).[1]

  • [1] Estimates 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.

  • Top Agricultural exports (2016 Values) were:


2016 Value

 2016 State Rank

broiler meat

$315 million


other plant products

$183 million



$158 million


other oilseeds and products

$141 million



$92 million


International Investment Creates Jobs in Alabama

  • In 2015 (latest data available), foreign-controlled companies employed 97,200 Alabama workers. Major sources of foreign investment in Alabama included Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. 

  • Foreign investment in Alabama was responsible for 6.1 percent of the state's total private-industry employment in 2015.

Alabama’s Major Metropolitan Areas Benefit from Exporting

  • In 2016 (latest data available), the following metropolitan areas in Alabama recorded goods exports: Mobile ($2.0 billion), Birmingham-Hoover ($1.9 billion), Huntsville ($1.8 billion), Daphne-Fairhope-Foley ($1.3 billion), Montgomery ($1.1 billion), Decatur ($575 million), Columbus ($481 million), Auburn-Opelika ($401 million), Florence-Muscle Shoals ($283 million).