• Kentucky ranked
    8th nationally
    in export growth
    in 2016
  • 2016 exports of
    Aerospace products,
    Kentucky’s largest category,
    up 24.3%
  • Kentucky’s 2016 exports of
    motor vehicle parts
    has increased 12%
  • 2016 exports of
    & medicines
    has jumped 9%
  • Exports support
    Kentucky Jobs


$26.8 Billion
In exports
(Through November 2016)
$6.1 Billion
In aerospace exports
Top 7
nationally in export growth
  • Readiness Assessment

    Are you ready to export? Check out this assessment tool to help you determine your readiness.

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  • Seminars

    We come to your community to discuss export opportunities.

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  • Trade Education

    Our partners offer many educational opportunities to help you along the way.

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  • Matchmaking Sessions

    We have experience matching your company with an international partner.

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  • Trade Missions

    KEI periodically conducts trade missions to international locations for interested businesses of all sizes.

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  • Export Grant

    More than 200 Kentucky companies wishing to export have received financial assistance. Your business can too.

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  • Online Resources

    We have collected a list of online resources that can assist in your export efforts.

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  • Aerospace 31.5%
  • Motor Vehicles 12.7%
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medicines 6.1%
  • Motor Vehicle Parts 5.4%
  • Resins & Rubber 4.3%
  • All Others 40%

Success Stories

  • "Here at Against the Grain, we have found the work of the Kentucky Export Initiative to be extremely helpful in sharpening our focus on the international branch of our business. While we have been sending beer overseas nearly since our inception, the KEI has connected us with knowledge and resources necessary to grow this exciting segment of our sales."
    Adam Watson | Co-owner, Against the Grain
  • "The state’s really helped by taking the risk out of exporting. They’ve been really good helping us grow the business and yet they haven’t gotten in the way."
    Scott Carothers | Kinetic the Technology Agency
  • "What has helped us move forward has been the connections we have made. Not who we knew years ago, but the people we have met through some of these wonderful programs that we’ve been involved in."
    Stacey Beeler | Part Owner, SnapDolls
Kentucky Exported to 198 Countries in 2015
  • Canada Canada $7.2B
  • Canada United Kingdom $2.6B
  • Canada Mexico $2.2B
  • Canada China $1.9B
  • Canada France $1.7B


The Kentucky Export Initiative is possible because of the efforts of its partners. Their support is vital to Kentucky’s exporting success.

  • US Commercial Service
  • Commerce Lexington
  • Greater Louisville Inc.
  • Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce
  • BEAM
  • Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
  • Kentucky Chamber
  • Kentucky Association of Manufacturers
  • Northern Kentucky Chamber
  • Kentucky Small Business Development Center
  • Kentucky Association of Economic Development
  • World Trade Center Kentucky
  • Advantage Kentucky Alliance
  • Louisville Forward
  • Kentucky Ag

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