US Exported & Imported Cars by State

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Based on United States Census Bureau’s foreign trade statistics, the 21 leading American states in terms of exported cars were responsible for US$46.4 billion worth of automobile exports in 2017.

That dollar amount contrasts with the $167 billion in cars purchased from international sources by America’s top 20 import states, resulting in a -$120.6 billion product-specific trade deficit for the year.

The four leading export states for cars (South Carolina, Alabama, California and Michigan) accounted for 60.5% of cars exported from the 21 top American states.

The three leading import states for cars (California, Michigan and Georgia) represent over two-thirds (69.6%) of US international cars bought by the top 20 import states.

Please note that the analysis below is focused on those states for which cars rank among its top 25 exports or imports, respectively.

America’s Cars Exports & Imports by State

US Exported Cars

Below are the 21 US states for which cars ranked as the most valuable 25 exported products. Within parenthesis is the percentage that each state supplies compared to the 21-state total.

  1. South Carolina: $8.6 billion (18.6% of total)
  2. Alabama: $7.7 billion (16.7%)
  3. California: $6.2 billion (13.5%)
  4. Michigan: $5.5 billion (11.8%)
  5. Ohio: $2.9 billion (6.3%)
  6. Tennessee: $2.6 billion (5.7%)
  7. Kentucky: $2.5 billion (5.3%)
  8. Indiana: $2.1 billion (4.4%)
  9. Illinois: $1.9 billion (4.1%)
  10. Georgia: $1.6 billion (3.4%)
  11. New Jersey: $954.4 million (2.1%)
  12. Washington: $694 million (1.5%)
  13. Delaware: $635.2 million (1.4%)
  14. Mississippi: $468.5 million (1%)
  15. Florida: $433.3 million (0.9%)
  16. New York: $426.4 million (0.9%)
  17. Maryland: $418.6 million (0.9%)
  18. Minnesota: $370.6 million (0.8%)
  19. Oregon: $224.9 million (0.5%)
  20. Kansas: $90.8 million (0.2%)
  21. Rhode Island: $35 million (0.1%)

Among the above states, the fastest-growing sellers of cars on international markets since 2014 were: South Carolina (up 11,955%), Alabama (up 4,351%), California (up 127%), Michigan (up 63.1%), Ohio (up 54.2%) and Tennessee (up 50.8%).

Leading the declining states in terms of exported cars over the three-year period were: Rhode Island (down -80.9%), Kansas (down -70%), Oregon (down -58.9%), Minnesota (down -53.7%) and Maryland (down -52.3%).

Overall, the value of exported cars from these 21 US states in 2017 fell by an average -7.7% from $50.3 billion in 2014 to $46.4 billion during 2017.

The 21-state total represents 86.6% of US globally exported cars from all US states plus territories Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.

US Imported Cars

Cars rank among the 25 costliest imported products for the following 20 US states during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage that each state purchases compared to the 20-state total.

  1. California: US$60.6 billion (36.3% of total)
  2. Michigan: $42.5 billion (25.5%)
  3. Georgia: $13 billion (7.8%)
  4. Maryland: $10.9 billion (6.6%)
  5. Tennessee: $7.4 billion (4.4%)
  6. New Jersey: $5.7 billion (3.4%)
  7. Rhode Island: $5.3 billion (3.2%)
  8. Texas: $4.6 billion (2.8%)
  9. Florida: $4 billion (2.4%)
  10. Washington: $3.9 billion (2.3%)
  11. Pennsylvania: $2.6 billion (1.6%)
  12. Virginia: $2.4 billion (1.4%)
  13. Oregon: $1.6 billion (1.0%)
  14. New York: $860.6 million (0.5%)
  15. Massachusetts: $717 million (0.4%)
  16. South Carolina: $296.2 million (0.2%)
  17. Hawaii: $236.3 million (0.1%)
  18. Louisiana: $160.6 million (0.1%)
  19. Utah: $54.7 million (0.03%)
  20. Montana: $29.5 million (0.02%)

Among the above US states, the greatest increases in purchases of cars from international markets since 2014 belong to: Louisiana (up 25,808%), Massachusetts (up 2,559%), New York (up 1,365%), Tennessee (up 173.5%) and Virginia (up 105.9%).

There were five decliners: New Jersey (down -64%), Pennsylvania (down -20.7%), South Carolina (down -5.3%), Oregon (down -4%) and Georgia (down -3.2%).

The overall value of imported cars for these 20 US states in 2017 increased by 13.8% from $146.7 billion in 2014 to $167 billion during 2017.

The 20-state total represents 93% of cars imported into all US states plus territories Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.



 

See also US Imported Cars by Supplier Countries, Cars Exports by Country, Cars Imports by Country and Electric Cars Exports by Country

Research Sources:
Foreign Trade, United States Census Bureau. Accessed on September 22, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on September 22, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on September 22, 2018