America’s Top 20 Export States

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Shipments from America’s top 20 export states were worth a total US$1.223 trillion in 2017 or over four-fifths (81.9%) of overall exports from the United States. That dollar amount reflects a -4.9% drop since 2014 but a 6.9% year-over-year gain from 2016.

The five leading export states (Texas, California, Washington, New York and Illinois) accounted for almost half (43.7%) of all American exports by value in 2017.

In addition to showcasing the leading 20 export states, presented below are the 10 major exports from each of the leading five export states determined by the overall value of products exported in 2017.

America’s Top 20 Export States

Top 20

Below are the top 20 US states that exported the highest dollar value worth of products during 2017:

  1. Texas: US$264.1 billion 17.7% of US total)
  2. California: $171.9 billion (11.5%)
  3. Washington: $77 billion (5.2%)
  4. New York: $75.3 billion (5%)
  5. Illinois: $64.9 billion (4.3%)
  6. Michigan: $59.8 billion (4%)
  7. Louisiana: $56.5 billion (3.8%)
  8. Florida: $55 billion (3.7%)
  9. Ohio: $50.1 billion (3.4%)
  10. Pennsylvania: $38.7 billion (2.6%)
  11. Indiana: $37.8 billion (2.5%)
  12. Georgia: $37.2 billion (2.5%)
  13. New Jersey: $34.5 billion (2.3%)
  14. Tennessee: $33.2 billion (2.2%)
  15. North Carolina: $32.6 billion (2.2%)
  16. South Carolina: $32.2 billion (2.2%)
  17. Kentucky: $30.9 billion (2.1%)
  18. Massachusetts: $27.5 billion (1.8%)
  19. Wisconsin: $22.3 billion (1.5%)
  20. Oregon: $21.9 billion (1.5%)

Among the above states, the fastest-growing exporters from 2016 to 2017 were: Louisiana (up 16.7%), Texas (up 14.3%), New Jersey (up 10.6%), Michigan (up 9.3%) and Indiana (up 9.1%)

Two top US exporting states experienced the global sales shrinkage year over year, namely Washington (down -3.2%) and New York (down -1.9%).

Texas

Top 10 Exports from Texas

Below are the top 10 exports from Texas during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each export category compared to the total value of all Texan exports.

  1. Miscellaneous petroleum oils: US$23.4 billion (8.8% of Texan exports)
  2. Light petroleum oils: $19 billion (7.2%)
  3. Crude petroleum oils: $16.9 billion (6.4%)
  4. Liquified propane: $10.7 billion (4.1%)
  5. Computer parts and accessories: $9.6 billion (3.6%)
  6. Aircraft including engines, parts: $7.4 billion (2.8%)
  7. Integrated circuits (processors/controllers): $5.8 billion (2.2%)
  8. Modems, similar reception/transmission devices: $5 billion (1.9%)
  9. Machinery for making semi-conductors: $3.7 billion (1.4%)
  10. Cotton (uncarded, uncombed): $3.1 billion (1.2%)

The listed 10 product categories represent roughly four-tenths (39.6%) of the value of overall Texan exports.

Among these categories, the fastest-appreciating items from 2016 to 2017 were: miscellaneous petroleum oils (up 262.5%), light petroleum oils (up 80.6%), crude petroleum oils (up 65.9%), liquified propane (up 37.6%) and computer parts and accessories (up 28.8%).

Three top export categories declined year over year specifically uncarded or uncombed cotton (down -6.1%), machinery for making semi-conductors (down -3.7%) and modems or similar reception/transmission devices (down -3.3%).

Overall, the average value of all exported products from Texas gained in value by 14.3% from 2016 to 2017.

Calif

Top 10 Exports from California

Below are the top 10 exports from California during 2017. 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 California’s exports)
  2. Modems, similar reception/transmission devices: $6.3 billion (3.8%)
  3. Diamonds (unmounted): $4.6 billion (2.8%)
  4. Shelled almonds: $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. Computer parts and accessories: $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 from 2016 to 2017 were: spacecraft, satellites and launch vehicles (up 263.9%), machinery for making semi-conductors (up 22.4%), modems or similar reception/transmission devices (up 18.4%) and cell phones (up 10.3%).

Leading the declining categories were miscellaneous petroleum oils (down -35.2%), unmounted diamonds (down -14.6%) and aircraft including engines or other parts (down -13.3%).

Overall, the average value of all exported products from California fell in value by -4.9% from 2016 to 2017.

Washington

Top 10 Exports from Washington

Below are the top 10 exports from Washington State during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each export category compared to the total value of all Washington exports.

  1. Aircraft including engines, parts: $41.8 billion (54.3% of Washington’s exports)
  2. Soya beans: $3.8 billion (4.9%)
  3. Corn: $1.9 billion (2.4%)
  4. Wheat (excluding durum): $2.1 billion (2.8%)
  5. Miscellaneous petroleum oils: $933 million (1.2%)
  6. Large automobiles (piston engine): $774 million (1.01%)
  7. Miscellaneous coniferous logs/poles: $759 million (1%)
  8. Frozen potatoes: $756 million (0.98%)
  9. Ultrasonic scanning devices: $731 million (0.95%)
  10. Fresh apples: $721 million (0.94%)

The listed 10 product categories represent well over two-thirds (70.5%) of the value of Washington’s overall exports.

Growing in value for top Washington State exports from 2016 to 2017 were: large automobiles with piston engines (up 452.9%), wheat excluding durum (up 30.7%), miscellaneous coniferous logs or poles (up 9.5%), ultrasonic scanning devices (up 4.9%) and fresh apples (up 0.4%).

Top export categories that declined in value were led by: miscellaneous petroleum oils (down -24.6%), corn (down -11.1%) and aircraft including engines or parts (down -9.9%).

Overall, the average value of all exported products from Washington dropped in value by -3.2% from 2016 to 2017.

NY

Top 10 Exports from New York

Below are the top 10 exports from New York State during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each export category compared to the total value of all exports from New York.

  1. Diamonds (unmounted): $12.2 billion (16.2% of New York’s exports)
  2. Hand-drawn paintings, drawings: $7 billion (9.4%)
  3. Jewelry articles clad in precious metal: $5.9 billion (7.9%)
  4. Gold (unwrought): $3.7 billion (4.9%)
  5. Aircraft including engines, parts: $1.4 billion (1.9%)
  6. Rubies, sapphires, emeralds: $1.4 billion (1.8%)
  7. Original sculptures, statues: $1.2 billion (1.6%)
  8. Diamonds (raw): $937 million (1.2%)
  9. Integrated circuits (processors/controllers): $806 million (1.1%)
  10. Cell phones: $740 million (1%)

The listed 10 product categories represent nearly half (46.9%) of the value of overall New York exports.

Among these categories, the fastest-appreciating items from 2016 to 2017 were: integrated circuits including processors and controllers (up 148.8%), raw diamonds (up 55.6%), aircraft including engines and other parts (up 33.5%), rubies, sapphires and emeralds (up 33.4%) and cell phones (up 25%).

Three top export categories declined in value year over year: unwrought gold (down -26.6%), original sculptures and statues (down -12.8%) and unmounted but processed diamonds (down -2.1%).

Overall, the average value of all exported products from New York fell in value by -1.9% from 2016 to 2017.

Illinois

Top 10 Exports from Illinois

Below are the top 10 exports from Illinois during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each export category compared to the total value of all exports from Illinois.

  1. Light petroleum oils: $2.9 billion (4.5% of Illinois’ exports)
  2. Soya beans: $2.1 billion (3.2%)
  3. Miscellaneous medications: $1.4 billion (2.1%)
  4. Modems, similar reception/transmission devices: $1.3 billion (2.1%)
  5. Off-highway use dumpsters: $1.3 billion (1.94%)
  6. Cell phones: $1.2 billion (1.9%)
  7. Large automobiles (piston engine): $1.2 billion (1.87%)
  8. Medical, surgical, dental, veterinarian instruments: $1.1 billion (1.68%)
  9. Aircraft including engines, parts: $1 billion (1.54%)
  10. Miscellaneous motor vehicle parts: $988 million (1.52%)

The listed 10 product categories represent almost one quarter (22.5%) of the value of overall exports from Illinois.

Among these categories, the fastest-appreciating items from 2016 to 2017 were: off-highway use dumpsters (up 108.1%), cell phones (up 39.4%), modems or similar reception/transmission devices (up 34%), miscellaneous motor vehicle parts (up 32.4%) and miscellaneous medications (up 12.5%).

Two categories declined in value from the top exports from Illinois, namely soya beans (down -11.3%) and aircraft including engines or other parts (down -7.3%).

Overall, the average value of all exported products from Illinois gained in value by 8.6% from 2016 to 2017.



 

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

Research Sources:
Foreign Trade , United States Census Bureau. Accessed on April 20, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on April 20, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on April 20, 2018