Overview This page contains the latest international trade data for Kentucky. In November 2022 Kentucky was the number 19 in total exports and the number 14 in total imports in United States.

Exports In 2021, United States' Kentucky exported $29.5B, making it the 19th largest exporter out of the 53 exporters in United States. In 2021 the top exports of Kentucky were Other Aircraft parts ($7.86B), Vaccines, human use ($974M), Antisera and other blood fractions ($957M), Diesel Trucks 5-20 tonnes ($645M), and Large Sized Cars ($573M).

Imports In 2021, United States' Kentucky imported $68B, making it the 14th largest importer out of the 53 importers in United States. In 2021 top imports of Kentucky were Immunological products packings for retail sale ($9.51B), Commodities not specified according to kind ($6.18B), Medicaments nes, in dosage ($5.82B), Electronic integrated circuits: processors and controllers,... ($5.29B), and Other games: video game consoles and... ($1.89B).

Economic Complexity In 2020, the highest complexity exports of Kentucky according to the product complexity index (PCI) are Silicone (1.81), Tool Plates (1.69), Gaskets (1.36), Other Organo-Inorganic Compounds (1.31), and Blown Glass (1.29). PCI measures the knowledge intensity of a product by considering the knowledge intensity of its exporters.

Historical Data

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Yearly Exports

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Top Destination (2021): Canada, $8.2B

Top Product (2021): Other Aircraft parts , $7.86B

In 2021 the top export destinations of Kentucky were Canada ($8.2B), Mexico ($2.78B), United Kingdom ($2.58B), China ($2.38B), and France ($1.88B).

In 2021 the top exports of Kentucky were Other Aircraft parts ($7.86B), Vaccines, human use ($974M), Antisera and other blood fractions ($957M), Diesel Trucks 5-20 tonnes ($645M), and Large Sized Cars ($573M).

Exports Dynamics

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Fastest Growing Exports Destination (Nov 2021 - Nov 2022)

Rapidly Declining Export Origins (Nov 2021 - Nov 2022)

Yearly Imports

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Top Origin (2021): Japan, $7.72B

Top Import (2021): Immunological products packings for retail sale, $9.51B

In 2021 the top import origins of Kentucky were Japan ($7.72B), China ($7.7B), Mexico ($7.15B), Malaysia ($5.61B), and Switzerland ($4.74B).

In 2021 the top imports of Kentucky were Immunological products packings for retail sale ($9.51B), Commodities not specified according to kind ($6.18B), Medicaments nes, in dosage ($5.82B), Electronic integrated circuits: processors and controllers,... ($5.29B), and Other games: video game consoles and... ($1.89B).

Imports Dynamics

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Fastest Growing Import Origins (Nov 2021 - Nov 2022)

Rapidly Declining Import Origins (Nov 2021 - Nov 2022)

Economic Complexity

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Economic Complexity of Kentucky

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Economic Complexity (2021): 0.47

Kentucky ranks 7th 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 Kentucky already has a comparative advantage, are led by Nickel Sheets (0.21), Halides (0.2), Photographic Chemicals (0.2), Photo Lab Equipment (0.2), and Developed Exposed Photographic Material (0.2).

Most Complex Products by PCI

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The highest complexity exports of Kentucky according to the product complexity index (PCI) are Silicone (1.81), Tool Plates (1.69), Gaskets (1.36), Other Organo-Inorganic Compounds (1.31), and Blown Glass (1.29). 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 Blown Glass (78.4), Wood Barrels (67.1), Aircraft Parts (57.4), Gaskets (53.7), and Other Nickel Products (35.7).

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 Kentucky 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  Kentucky. These are products that tend to be co-exported with the products that Kentucky 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.