Exporting Basics

Why Hawaii companies should be exporting

  • Hawaii is a small market, so growth is limited if businesses sell only locally
  • 95% of world’s consumers are outside of the U.S.
  • Exporting can help diversify the client base and grow Hawaii companies

Exporting is a vital economic driver for Hawaii. In 2016, Hawaii exports (not including tourism) totaled $5.349 billion, including both goods and services.

Economic Impact of Each Billion Dollar of Exports from Hawaii in 2017 (Other than visitor spending):

  • Sales generated = $1.65 billion
  • Household income generated = $392 million
  • State taxes generated = $68.2 million
  • Jobs generated = 8,899