States battle for export spotlight – The race to expand U.S. exports is on!

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By: Daniel Cariello

Exporting goods has always been integrated in the fabric of the U.S. economy but recently there has been a growing trend to capitalize on foreign demand of American goods.

According to data provided by USA Trade Online between the years 2002 and 2011 average U.S. exports have grown by $760.5 billion. Quite an impressive figure! Growth like this may leave you wondering which states are leading U.S. export expansion.

The graph below depicts the change in export value between the year 2002 and 2011 for the top twenty states in descending order.

*data obtained from USA Trade Online

Export growth in Texas ($154.4 billion) was the largest increase in the United States between 2002 and 2011. It leads California, the second largest growing export state, by $87.3 billion. Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation grew $52.7 billion and were the largest contributors to export growth in Texas. $44.6 billion (or 85 percent) of the growth in mineral fuels is concentrated in the following commodities:

Light Oils – $16.8 Billion

Petroleum Oil – $27.8 Billion

*data obtained from USA Trade Online

If you want to obtain commodity data at the national and state level, feel free to contact our analysts in the Data Dissemination Branch of the Foreign Trade Division to learn more about how to use our interactive online tool USA Trade Online.

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