Global Trade

International trade is a major economic driver for the state of California. Southern California’s geography provides compelling opportunities for international trade due to major ports, well-connected freeways and road systems, and international airports. In 2012, California exports amounted to more than $161 billion, which is about 11% of total U.S. exports. According to the California Chamber of Commerce, state’s trade and exports translate into high-paying jobs for more than 1 million of Californians.

Many economists contend that export-led growth is the only sustainable way to maintain living standards and secure long term economic success. As supply chain technologies advance, they offer many opportunities to increased efficiency and productivity across the industries that are involved in the international trade in California.

In today’s highly competitive global economy, educators need to prepare students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in this ever changing environment.

  • Global trade accounts for 25% of California's economy
  • 95% of consumers are outside the United States
  • California exports to approximately 225 foreign markets; top countries for exports are Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, and South Korea
  • California’s trade-related employment grew 19 percent, while total jobs decreased from 2004 to 2011
  • California employers across a variety of industries posted over 50,000 online job advertisements for twelve supply chain/logistics occupations in 2012
  • There were 157,200 export-oriented jobs in Los Angeles County in 2010 and 159,629 export-oriented jobs in Orange County in 2012