Special Report

Top Selling Products From Each State

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Michigan
> Largest export: Automobile parts
> 2019 Automobile parts export value: $8.3 billion
> Automobile parts as share of total state 2019 exports: 14.9%

Home to Detroit, a city with a name often synonymous with the American auto industry, Michigan’s most valuable export is automobile parts. The headquarters of the Big Three automakers — Chrysler, General Motors, and Ford — are in the state. After auto parts, commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles are the state’s next two biggest exports, each accounting for a little over a 10th of all annual export revenue.

One of the biggest destinations for Michigan’s exports is China, which imported more than 3 million GM vehicles and over half a million Ford vehicles in 2019 alone.

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Minnesota
> Largest export: Medical instruments
> 2019 Medical Instruments export value: $1.5 billion
> Medical Instruments as share of total state 2019 exports: 6.8%

Minnesota’s exports are relatively diversified with no single commodity or product accounting for more than 7% of the total goods that leave the state for other countries. The state’s largest export, medical instruments, accounts for about $1.5 billion of the state’s approximately $22 billion in total annual exports.

The health care industry overall is central to Minnesota’s economy. The state is home to the headquarters of the internationally renowned Mayo Clinic health system.

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Mississippi
> Largest export: Liquid petroleum
> 2019 Liquid petroleum export value: $3.1 billion
> Liquid petroleum as share of total state 2019 exports: 25.7%

Mississippi exported $3.1 billion worth of petroleum in 2019, more than three times the value of any other product. The state is home to three petroleum refineries, and because of its location along the Gulf Coast Mississippi has access to both offshore oil and Central and South American trade. Mexico and Panama are among the state’s largest export markets.

Medical instruments are the state’s second most valuable export, followed by automobiles, valued at $904 million and $872 million, respectively.

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Missouri
> Largest export: Transport vehicles
> 2019 Transport vehicles export value: $1.9 billion
> Transport vehicles as share of total state 2019 exports: 14.4%

Vehicles, specifically those used for transporting goods, accounted for 14.4% of Missouri’s $13.4 billion in exports in 2019. Ford manufactures its Transit commercial van at a facility in Claycomo, Missouri, and General Motors produces the Chevy Express and GMC Savana vans in a factory in Wentzville. The top three international destinations for products out of Missouri are Canada, Mexico, and China.

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Montana
> Largest export: Tobacco cigarettes
> 2019 Tobacco cigarettes export value: $226.4 million
> Tobacco cigarettes as share of total state 2019 exports: 13.4%

In 2018, Montana exported some $1.7 billion worth of goods. The state’s leading export was tobacco cigarettes, which accounted for 13.4% of total export value. While Montana has no major tobacco production facilities of its own, the state’s large cigarette export volume is tied to a processing plant in Shelby that packages cigarettes before they leave the country.