The state’s trade economy is worth $111 billion annually, and Washington exports total $53.2 billion every year. International exports account for 25 percent of Washington’s gross domestic product (GDP), and 41 percent of Washington jobs are trade-dependent. More than 8,000 businesses currently export goods from our state.
Washington is the only state that has a trade surplus with China. In 2010, Washington state exported $10.3 billion in products to China, while importing $9.8 billion in goods.
Together, Seattle and Tacoma make up the third-largest shipping region in the country. Our most prominent businesses, including Boeing, Microsoft, PACCAR and Starbucks, rely on international trade to remain successful and create jobs in Washington state.