International Trade

Metro Denver's strategic location, diverse industry mix, and fast-growing international airport make it a highly strategic location for international trade.

Exports

With an ideal location and the business resources necessary for international trade, Metro Denver is expanding trade with partners on six continents.

  • Metro Denver is strategically located between Canada and Mexico, allowing it to capitalize on North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) opportunities.
  • With its unique Mountain time zone location, Denver is the largest U.S. city offering one-bounce satellite uplinks to world satellite networks.
  • The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade's International Trade Office offers consulting, along with grants to cover travel costs and other business expenses for small Colorado companies seeking to expand in international markets.

2018 Export Summary

Total Exports

Colorado exports increased 3.3 percent in 2018 to $8.32 billion, up from $8.06 billion in 2017.

Trading Partners

Colorado's five largest trading partners, their export value in 2018, and percentage of growth over 2017:

  • Canada ($1.4 billion, 3.2 percent)
  • Mexico ($1.3 billion, -4.8 percent)
  • China ($577.5 million, -1.4 percent)
  • Korea, Republic of ($439.6 million, 26.9%)
  • Japan ($452.9 million, -1.8 percent)

Exported Products 

Colorado's five largest export products, their export value in 2018, and percentage of growth over 2017: 

  • Computers and electronic products ($614.4 million, -14.0 percent)
  • Beef, fresh ($523.7 million, -6.6 percent)
  • Beef, frozen ($406.8 million, 41.8 percent)
  • Medical instruments ($390.5 million, 4.0 percent)
  • Aircraft engines and parts ($264.3 million, 58.1 percent)