America’s Top 20 Export States

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Shipments from America’s top 20 export states were worth a total US$1.2 trillion in 2015 or about four-fifths of all exports from the United States. The 2015 dollar amount represents a -1.6% drop since 2012.

The four leading export states (Texas, California, Washington and New York) account for almost 40% of all American exports by value.

In addition to showcasing the leading 20 export states, we look at the 10 major exports for each of the top four export states.

America’s Top 20 Export States

Top 20

Below are the top 20 states that exported the highest dollar value worth of products during 2015:

  1. Texas: US$251.1 billion 17.1% of US total)
  2. California: $165.4 billion (11.3%)
  3. Washington: $86.4 billion (5.9%)
  4. New York: $80.1 billion (5.5%)
  5. Illinois: $63.4 billion (4.3%)
  6. Florida: $53.8 billion (3.7%)
  7. Michigan: $53.2 billion (3.6%)
  8. Ohio: $50.7 billion (3.5%)
  9. Louisiana: $49.2 billion (3.4%)
  10. Pennsylvania: $39.4 billion (2.7%)
  11. Georgia: $38.5 billion (2.6%)
  12. Indiana: $33.7 billion (2.3%)
  13. Tennessee: $32.4 billion (2.2%)
  14. New Jersey: $32.1 billion (2.2%)
  15. South Carolina: $30.9 billion (2.1%)
  16. North Carolina: $30 billion (2%)
  17. Kentucky: $28.1 billion (1.9%)
  18. Massachusetts: $25.2 billion (1.7%)
  19. Arizona: $22.6 billion (1.5%)
  20. Wisconsin: $22.4 billion (1.5%)

Among the above states, the fastest-growing exporters since 2012 were: Kentucky (up 26.8%), South Carolina (up 22.9%), Arizona (up 22.6%) and Washington (up 14.1%).

Top export states experiencing their global sales shrink at the fastest pace were led by: Louisiana (down -21.8%), Florida (down -18.7%), New Jersey (down -14%) and Illinois (down -7%).

Texas

Top 10 Exports from Texas

Below are the top 10 exports from Texas during 2015. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each export category compared to the total value of all Texan exports.

  1. Miscellaneous petroleum oils: $24.7 billion (9.8% of state’s exports)
  2. Light petroleum oils: $17.8 billion (7.1%)
  3. Computer parts and accessories: $9.9 billion (3.9%)
  4. Aircraft including engines, parts: $5.7 billion (2.3%)
  5. Crude petroleum oils: $5.6 billion (2.2%)
  6. Modems, similar reception/transmission devices: $5.2 billion (2.1%)
  7. Integrated circuits (processors/controllers): $5.1 billion (2%)
  8. Liquified propane: $4.8 billion (1.9%)
  9. Boring/sinking machine miscellaneous parts: $3.2 billion (1.3%)
  10. Miscellaneous motor vehicle parts: $3.1 billion (1.2%)

The listed 10 product categories represent a third (33.9%) of the value of overall Texan exports.

Among these categories, the fastest-appreciating items since 2012 were: crude petroleum oils (up 751.9%), liquified propane (up 94.5%), computer parts and accessories (up 47.3%) and aircraft including engines and parts (up 16%).

Those export categories that declined in value were: boring/sinking machine miscellaneous parts (down -35.3%), miscellaneous petroleum oils (down -28.1%), miscellaneous motor vehicle parts (down -19.2%) and light petroleum oils (down -9.9%).

Overall, the average value of all Texan exports fell in value by -5.1% from 2012 to 2015.

California

Top 10 Exports from California

Below are the top 10 exports from California during 2015. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each export category compared to the total value of all Californian exports.

  1. Aircraft including engines, parts: $6.5 billion (3.9% of state’s exports)
  2. Modems, similar reception/transmission devices: $6.3 billion (3.8%)
  3. Diamonds (unmounted): $4.6 billion (2.8%)
  4. Large helicopters: $3.7 billion (2.3%)
  5. Machinery for making semi-conductors: $3.3 billion (2%)
  6. Miscellaneous petroleum oils: $3.1 billion (1.9%)
  7. Blood fractions (including antisera): $2.8 billion (1.7%)
  8. Cell phones: $2.5 billion (1.5%)
  9. Boring/sinking machine miscellaneous parts: $2.1 billion (1.3%)
  10. Spacecraft, satellites, launch vehicles: $2 billion (1.2%)

The listed 10 product categories represent almost a quarter (22.3%) of the value of overall Californian exports.

Among these categories, the fastest-appreciating items since 2012 were: spacecraft, satellites and launch vehicles (up 461.9%), cell phones (up 96.1%), machinery for making semi-conductors (up 59.4%) and large helicopters (up 51.8%).

Two exports declined in value: boring/sinking machine miscellaneous parts (down -51.9%) and miscellaneous petroleum oils (down -14.2%).

Overall, the average value of all Californian exports rose in value by 2.2% from 2012 to 2015.

Washington

Top 10 Exports from Washington

Below are the top 10 exports from Washington State during 2015. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each export category compared to the total value of all Washington exports.

  1. Aircraft including engines, parts: $51.1 billion (59.2% of state’s exports)
  2. Soya beans: $3.8 billion (4.4%)
  3. Wheat (excluding durum): $1.8 billion (2.1%)
  4. Miscellaneous petroleum oils: $1.5 billion (1.8%)
  5. Corn: $1.4 billion (1.6%)
  6. Mid-sized automobiles (piston engine): $1.2 billion (1.4%)
  7. Fresh apples: $797.4 million (0.9%)
  8. Frozen potatoes: $718.7 million (0.83%)
  9. Boring/sinking machine miscellaneous parts: $703.1 million (0.81%)
  10. Miscellaneous coniferous logs/poles: $682.8 million (0.79%)

The listed 10 product categories represent almost three-quarters (73.9%) of the value of overall Washington exports.

The three appreciating categories since 2012 were: mid-sized automobiles with piston engine (up 3,148%), aircraft including engines and parts (up 39.2%) and boring/sinking machine miscellaneous parts (up 6.1%).

Those export categories that declined in value were led by: miscellaneous petroleum oils (down -33.4%), soya beans (down -31.2%), wheat (down -27.6%) and corn (down -14%).

Overall, the average value of all Washington exports rose in value by 14.1% from 2012 to 2015.

New York

Top 10 Exports from New York

Below are the top 10 exports from New York during 2015. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each export category compared to the total value of all New York exports.

  1. Diamonds (unmounted): $12.7 billion (15.8% of state’s exports)
  2. Hand-drawn paintings, drawings: $7 billion (8.7%)
  3. Gold (unwrought): $6.8 billion (8.4%)
  4. Jewelry articles clad in precious metal: $6 billion (7.5%)
  5. Original sculptures, statues: $1.4 billion (1.8%)
  6. Aircraft including engines, parts: $1.2 billion (1.5%)
  7. Rubies, sapphires, emeralds: $1.1 billion (1.3%)
  8. Human-use vaccines: $1 billion (1.3%)
  9. Boring/sinking machine miscellaneous parts: $915 million (1.1%)
  10. Mid-sized automobiles (piston engine): $803.6 million (1%)

The listed 10 product categories represent almost half (48.5%) of the value of overall New York exports.

Among these categories, the fastest-appreciating items since 2012 were: boring/sinking machine miscellaneous parts (up 155.1%), original sculptures and statues (up 77.4%), hand-rendered paintings and drawings (up 53.6%) and rubies, sapphires and emeralds (up 51.2%).

Three export categories declined in value: mid-sized automobiles with piston engine (down -38.8%), aircraft including engines and parts (down -27.3%) and human-use vaccines (down -22.1%).

Overall, the average value of all New York exports fell in value by -1.6% from 2012 to 2015.



 

See also United States Top 10 Exports, America’s Top Import Partners and United States Top 10 Major Export Companies

Research Sources:
Foreign Trade , United States Census Bureau. Accessed on October 18, 2016

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on October 18, 2016

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on October 18, 2016