Special Report

Top Selling Products From Each State

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> Largest export: Medical instruments
> 2019 Medical Instruments export value: $3.0 billion
> Medical Instruments as share of total state 2019 exports: 9.5%

Tennessee’s leading export product category is medical instruments. The state exported $3.0 billion worth of medical instruments in 2019, accounting for 9.5% of its total exports. Over 386,000 people work in Tennessee’s health care industry, and the state is the second leading U.S. exporter of medical equipment. The value of medical instruments exports increased by nearly 15% from 2018 to 2019.

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> Largest export: Crude oil
> 2019 Crude oil export value: $57.2 billion
> Crude oil as share of total state 2019 exports: 17.4%

The largest oil-producing state, Texas accounts for approximately 40% of total U.S. crude oil production annually. Texas shipped $57.2 billion worth of crude oil in 2019, up 48% from the year before. Oil exports account for 17.4% of the state’s nation-leading $328.9 billion in exports. Petroleum accounts for all three of the three leading export product categories from Texas — crude oil, non-crude petroleum oils, and petroleum gasses.

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> Largest export: Gold
> 2019 Gold export value: $8.9 billion
> Gold as share of total state 2019 exports: 51.5%

Utah exported $8.9 billion worth of gold in 2019, far more than any other product. Gold accounts for over half the value of the state’s annual exports while no other export product category accounts for more than 3% of the state’s total export value. The first gold discovery in the state was reported in 1858, and the largest gold-producing mine in the state is the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine near Salt Lake City. Most gold in the state is produced as a byproduct of silver, lead, copper, and zinc mining. The top destinations for Utah’s exports are the United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan.

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> Largest export: Semiconductors
> 2019 Semiconductors export value: $1.8 billion
> Semiconductors as share of total state 2019 exports: 59.0%

Semiconductors is by far Vermont’s most valuable export product category. Semiconductors accounted for 59% of the state’s $3.0 billion in exports in 2019. Globalfoundries, a company that makes semiconductors for IBM, has a manufacturing plant in Essex Junction, Vermont, that employs an estimated 4,000 workers. The total value of semiconductors that Vermont shipped abroad climbed by 4.6% between 2018 and 2019. The top international destinations for the state’s exports are Canada, its neighbor to the north, as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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> Largest export: Coal
> 2019 Coal export value: $2.0 billion
> Coal as share of total state 2019 exports: 11.2%

Virginia’s coal exports grew by over 80% from 2018 to 2019, reaching nearly $2 billion and accounting for over one-ninth of the state’s total exports. The value of coal exports was nearly triple the value of the next leading export from Virginia, electronic integrated circuits, which had an export value of $694 million in 2019.

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