Overview This page contains the latest international trade data for Illinois. In May 2022 Illinois was the number 5 in total exports and the number 3 in total imports in United States.

Exports In 2021, United States' Illinois exported $65.9B, making it the 5th largest exporter out of the 53 exporters in United States. In 2021 the top exports of Illinois were Medicaments nes, in dosage ($3.17B), Petroleum spirit for motor vehicles ($2.35B), Dump trucks (off-highway) ($1.8B), Communication apparatus (excluding telephone sets or... ($1.42B), and Blood, toxins, cultures, medical use, nes ($1.28B).

Imports In 2021, United States' Illinois imported $203B, making it the 3rd largest importer out of the 53 importers in United States. In 2021 top imports of Illinois were Petroleum oils, oils from bituminous minerals,... ($30.4B), Telephones for cellular networks or for... ($24.7B), Automatic data processing machines: portable, weighing... ($16.7B), Commodities not specified according to kind ($12.5B), and Medicaments nes, in dosage ($6.25B).

Economic Complexity In 2020, the highest complexity exports of Illinois according to the product complexity index (PCI) are Gaskets (1.36), Chemically Pure Sugars (0.88), Harvesting Machinery (0.78), Antifreeze (0.62), and Polishes and Creams (0.28). PCI measures the knowledge intensity of a product by considering the knowledge intensity of its exporters.

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Yearly Exports

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Top Destination (2021): Canada, $18.4B

Top Product (2021): Medicaments nes, in dosage, $3.17B

In 2021 the top export destinations of Illinois were Canada ($18.4B), Mexico ($8.93B), Germany ($3.75B), Australia ($3.52B), and China ($3.5B).

In 2021 the top exports of Illinois were Medicaments nes, in dosage ($3.17B), Petroleum spirit for motor vehicles ($2.35B), Dump trucks (off-highway) ($1.8B), Communication apparatus (excluding telephone sets or... ($1.42B), and Blood, toxins, cultures, medical use, nes ($1.28B).

Exports Dynamics

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Fastest Growing Exports Destination (May 2021 - May 2022)

Rapidly Declining Export Origins (May 2021 - May 2022)

Yearly Imports

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Top Origin (2021): China, $60.5B

Top Import (2021): Petroleum oils, oils from bituminous minerals,..., $30.4B

In 2021 the top import origins of Illinois were China ($60.5B), Canada ($45.3B), Mexico ($15.4B), Netherlands ($9.79B), and Germany ($9.64B).

In 2021 the top imports of Illinois were Petroleum oils, oils from bituminous minerals,... ($30.4B), Telephones for cellular networks or for... ($24.7B), Automatic data processing machines: portable, weighing... ($16.7B), Commodities not specified according to kind ($12.5B), and Medicaments nes, in dosage ($6.25B).

Imports Dynamics

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Fastest Growing Import Origins (May 2021 - May 2022)

Rapidly Declining Import Origins (May 2021 - May 2022)

Economic Complexity

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Economic Complexity of Illinois

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Economic Complexity (2021): 0.34

Illinois ranks 20th out of the 53 states and territories in United States according to ECI.

The Economic Complexity Index, or ECI, is a measure of an economy’s capacity which can be inferred from data connecting locations to the activities that are present in them. For more info about Economic Complexity, visit the Economic Complexity page.

Estimated using exports data.

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Export Opportunities by Relatedness

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The top export opportunities according to the relatedness level, without considering those products were Illinois already has a comparative advantage, are led by Nickel Bars (0.38), Newsprint (0.38), Liquid Fuel Furnaces (0.38), Orthopedic Appliances (0.38), and Spark-Ignition Engines (0.38).

Most Complex Products by PCI

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The highest complexity exports of Illinois according to the product complexity index (PCI) are Gaskets (1.36), Chemically Pure Sugars (0.88), Harvesting Machinery (0.78), Antifreeze (0.62), and Polishes and Creams (0.28). PCI measures the knowledge intensity of a product by considering the knowledge intensity of its exporters.

Most Specialized Products by RCA Index

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The most specialized products according to the RCA index are led by Starch Residue (60.2), Sorghum (21.2), Chemically Pure Sugars (14.9), Breathing Appliances (13.1), and Gaskets (12.1).

The product space is a network connecting products that are likely to be co-exported. The product space can be used to predict future exports, since Illinois is more likely to start exporting products that are related to current exports. Relatedness measures the distance between a product, and all of the products it is currently specialized in.

Relatedness Space

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This network shows the products most related to the production structure of  Illinois. These are products that tend to be co-exported with the products that Illinois exports. Higher relatedness values ​​indicate greater knowledge, which predicts a greater probability of exporting that product in the future.

Diversification Frontier

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The Complexity-Relatedness diagram compares the risk and the strategic value of a territory's potential export oppotunities. Relatedness is a predictive of the probability that a country increases its exports in a product. Complexity, is associated with higher levels of income, economic growth, less income inequality, and lower emissions. Bubble size corresponds to exports value by year 2020.