America’s Top 20 Export States

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Shipments from America’s top 20 export states were worth a total US$1.608 trillion in 2018 or over four-fifths (81.8%) of overall exports from the United States of America. That dollar amount reflects a 10.7% gain since 2015 and a 7.3% year-over-year uptick from 2017 to 2018.

The five leading export states (Texas, California, New York, Washington and Louisiana) generated nearly half (44.7%) of all American exports by value in 2018.

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 2018.

America’s Top 20 Export States

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Below are the top 20 American states that exported the highest dollar value worth of products during 2018. Combined, these export-leading states represent over four-fifths (81.8%) of the nation’s total exports.

  1. Texas: US$315.4 billion 19.6% of US total)
  2. California: $178.4 billion (11.1%)
  3. New York: $81.5 billion (5.1%)
  4. Washington: $77.7 billion (4.8%)
  5. Louisiana: $66.2 billion (4.1%)
  6. Illinois: $65.4 billion (4.1%)
  7. Michigan: $57.9 billion (3.6%)
  8. Florida: $57.2 billion (3.6%)
  9. Ohio: $54.3 billion (3.4%)
  10. Pennsylvania: $41 billion (2.6%)
  11. Georgia: $40.6 billion (2.5%)
  12. Indiana: $39.3 billion (2.4%)
  13. New Jersey: $35.7 billion (2.2%)
  14. South Carolina: $34.6 billion (2.2%)
  15. North Carolina: $32.7 billion (2%)
  16. Tennessee: $32.7 billion (2%)
  17. Kentucky: $31.8 billion (2%)
  18. Massachusetts: $27.1 billion (1.7%)
  19. Wisconsin: $22.7 billion (1.4%)
  20. Minnesota: $22.7 billion (1.4%)

Among the above states, the fastest-growing exporters from 2017 to 2018 were: Texas (up 19.2%), Louisiana (up 16.2%), Minnesota (up 9.6%), Georgia (up 8.9%) then Ohio (up 8.4%).

Three leading US export states posted declines in their international product sales year over year, namely Michigan (down -3.2%), Tennessee (down -1.6%) and Massachusetts (down -1.5%).

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. Crude petroleum oils: $38.7 billion (12.3% of Texan exports)
  2. Miscellaneous petroleum oils: $28.1 billion (8.9%)
  3. Light petroleum oils: $24.7 billion (7.8%)
  4. Liquified propane: $13.2 billion (4.2%)
  5. Computer parts and accessories: $10.8 billion (3.4%)
  6. Aircraft including engines, parts: $8.6 billion (2.7%)
  7. Integrated circuits (processors/controllers): $6.3 billion (2%)
  8. Modems, similar reception/transmission devices: $4.5 billion (1.4%)
  9. Machinery for making semi-conductors: $3.8 billion (1.2%)
  10. Cotton (uncarded, uncombed): $3.3 billion (1%)

The listed 10 product categories represent approaching half (45%) of the value of overall Texan exports.

Among these categories, the fastest-appreciating items from 2017 to 2018 were: crude petroleum oils (up 127%), light petroleum oils (up 30.6%), miscellaneous petroleum oils (up 21.3%), liquified propane (up 21.2%), aircraft including engines and other parts (up 16.1%) then computer parts and accessories (up 12.5%).

The sole declining export category was modems and similar reception or transmission devices via a -10.4% drop year over year.

Overall, the average value of all exported products from Texas gained in value by 19.2% from 2017 to 2018.

Calif

Top 10 Exports from California

Below are the top 10 exports from California during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each export category compared to the total value of all Californian exports.

  1. Aircraft including engines, parts: $7.3 billion (4.1% of California’s exports)
  2. Diamonds (unmounted): $5.5 billion (3.1%)
  3. Machinery for making semi-conductors: $4.6 billion (2.6%)
  4. Modems, similar reception/transmission devices: $4.6 billion (2.6%)
  5. Integrated circuits (excluding processors/controllers): $3.4 billion (1.9%)
  6. Shelled almonds: $3.3 billion (1.9%)
  7. Computer parts and accessories: $3.2 billion (1.8%)
  8. Electric vehicles: $3 billion (1.7%)
  9. Miscellaneous petroleum oils: $2.8 billion (1.6%)
  10. Semi-conductor machines parts, accessories: $2.6 billion (1.4%)

The listed 10 product categories represent almost a quarter (22.6%) of the value of overall Californian exports.

Among these categories, the fastest-appreciating items from 2017 to 2018 were: machinery for making semi-conductors (up 31.2%), computer parts and accessories (up 27.1%), miscellaneous petroleum oils (up 15.6%), unmounted diamonds (up 11.9%) then shelled almonds (up 3.4%).

Two leading categories declined from 2017 to 2018, namely integrated circuits excluding processors and controllers (down -8.5%) and machinery for making semi-conductors (down -7.6%).

Overall, the average value of all exported products from California rose in value by 3.7% from 2017 to 2018.

NY

Top 10 Exports from New York

Below are the top 10 exports from New York State during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each export category compared to the total value of all exports from New York.

  1. Diamonds (unmounted): $13.3 billion (16.4% of state’s exports)
  2. Hand-drawn paintings, drawings: $8.5 billion (10.4%)
  3. Jewelry articles clad in precious metal: $5.7 billion (7%)
  4. Gold (unwrought): $5.2 billion (6.4%)
  5. Rubies, sapphires, emeralds: $1.5 billion (1.9%)
  6. Original sculptures, statues: $1.4 billion (1.7%)
  7. Aircraft including engines, parts: $1.2 billion (1.5%)
  8. Integrated circuits (processors/controllers): $896.1 million (1.1%)
  9. Diesel engines: $814.4 million (1%)
  10. Cell phones: $657.9 million (0.8%)

The listed 10 product categories represent nearly half (48.2%) of the value of overall New York exports.

Among these categories, the fastest-appreciating items from 2017 to 2018 were: raw diamonds (up 57.1%), gold (up 41.4%), hand-drawn paintings and drawings (up 20.7%), original sculptures and statues (up 16.3%) then rubies, sapphires and emeralds (up 11.2%).

Three top export categories declined in value year over year: aircraft including engines and other parts (down -14.2%), cell phones (down -11.1%) then jewelry articles clad in precious metal (down -3.9%).

Overall, the average value of all exported products from New York increased in value by 4.6% from 2017 to 2018.

Washington

Top 10 Exports from Washington

Below are the top 10 exports from Washington State during 2018. 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 (53.8% of Washington’s exports)
  2. Corn: $3.7 billion (4.8%)
  3. Soya beans: $2.4 billion (3.1%)
  4. Wheat (excluding durum): $2 billion (2.6%)
  5. Miscellaneous petroleum oils: $1.2 billion (1.6%)
  6. Ultrasonic scanning apparatus: $870.7 million (1.1%)
  7. Frozen potatoes: $797.6 million (1%)
  8. Fresh apples: $760.4 million (1%)
  9. Soya bean flours, meals: $705.3 million (0.9%)
  10. Light petroleum oils: $556.8 million (0.7%)

The listed 10 product categories represent well over two-thirds (70.6%) of the value of Washington’s overall exports.

Growing in value at the fastest pace from 2017 to 2018 were: corn (up 96.7%), soya bean flours and meals (up 40.1%), miscellaneous petroleum oils (up 31%), ultrasonic scanning devices (up 19.2%) and frozen potatoes (up 5.9%).

Three leading export categories declined in value namely: soya beans (down -35.6%), light petroleum oils (down -8.6%) and wheat excluding durum (down -4.5%).

Overall, the average value of all exported products from Washington appreciated by 1.7% from 2017 to 2018.

Louisiana

Top 10 Exports from Louisiana

Below are the top 10 exports from Louisiana during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each export category compared to the total value of all exports from Louisiana.

  1. Miscellaneous petroleum oils: $15.3 billion (23.1% of Louisiana’s exports)
  2. Soya beans: $8.6 billion (13%)
  3. Crude petroleum oils: $5.7 billion (8.6%)
  4. Light petroleum oils: $5.3 billion (8%)
  5. Corn: $4.9 billion (7.5%)
  6. Natural gas (liquid): $4 billion (6%)
  7. Solid residues including soya bean oil-cake: $2 billion (3.1%)
  8. Calcined petroleum coke: $858.6 million (1.3%)
  9. Polyvinyl chloride: $716.7 million (1.1%)
  10. Non-calcined petroleum coke: $644 million (1%)

The listed 10 product categories represent almost three-quarters (72.5%) of the value of overall exports from Louisiana.

Among these categories, the fastest-appreciating items from 2017 to 2018 were: crude petroleum oils (up 138.2%), calcined petroleum coke (up 123.2%), light petroleum oils (up 56.5%), liquid natural gas (up 47.5%) and non-calcined petroleum coke (up 31.4%).

Two categories declined in value among the leading exports from Louisiana year over year, namely soya beans (down -19.1%) and polyvinyl chloride (down -5.7%).

Overall, the average value of all exported products from Louisiana accelerated in value by 16.2% from 2017 to 2018.



 

See also America’s Top 20 Import States, United States Top 10 Exports, America’s Top Trading Partners, United States Top 10 Major Export Companies

Research Sources:
Foreign Trade , United States Census Bureau. Accessed on June 9, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 9, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 9, 2019