The Kentucky Export Initiative (KEI) helps Kentucky businesses find opportunities to export products worldwide.


$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 Grants

    Some 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

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