International Trade & Diplomacy
Utah is a globally-minded state. International trade, including exports and imports, supported more than 410,900 Utah jobs in 2018. The state exported 17.7 billion in goods in 2020. Of Utah’s 3,668 exporters, 85% are small- and medium-sized companies with less than 500 workers.
International trade relies on relationships fostered through diplomacy, a highly formalized interaction governed by specific expectations and protocol. The partnerships and alliances developed through diplomatic relations are crucial to promoting Utah’s business community and recruiting foreign direct investment in the state. The Office of Economic Opportunity serves as the official diplomatic arm of the State of Utah. Each year, we host more than 60 diplomatic visits from 30 countries.
Update on Ukraine Visa Services
The U.S. Department of State recently provided a statement regarding issuing visas in Ukraine. The federal agency's recent update clarifies visa options and outlines alternatives to visas that Ukrainians may consider. It encourages Ukrainians to consult local government authorities to determine viable resettlement options.
Almost all refugee cases in countries abroad are processed by local authorities or the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Ukrainians should not attempt to apply for visas to travel to the United States as refugees. Instead, they should contact local authorities or UNHCR for refugee processing.
Utah exports support 51,267 jobs. Out of the 3,035 Utah businesses that export, 87% are small- and medium-sized companies.
Utah was the 27th largest state exporter of goods in 2018. The state’s largest market was the United Kingdom. The state exported $5.1 billion in goods to the UK in 2018, representing 35% of the Utah’s total goods exports.
This link includes the latest international trade data for Utah. In Dec. 2021, Utah was #26 in total exports and #30 in total imports in the United States.
In 2018–2019, 5,159 Utah students studied abroad. In 2020, 8,491 international students were enrolled in Utah colleges and universities and contributed $237 million to the Utah economy.
This timeline depicts Utah’s imports and exports from Jan. 2017 to Aug. 2021.
Utah exports $1.5 billion in goods to Canada annually. 77 Canadian-owned businesses employ 2,473 workers in Utah.