Special Report

Top Selling Products From Each State

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Oregon
> Largest export: Semiconductors
> 2019 Semiconductors export value: $7.7 billion
> Semiconductors as share of total state 2019 exports: 32.5%

Oregon exported $7.7 billion worth of processors in 2019, accounting for nearly one-third of the state’s total value of exports that year. The Portland metro area alone is home to hundreds of high tech companies, including semiconductor makers such as Intel, Tektronix, and Electro Scientific Industries. China, Canada, and Japan are the biggest markets for Oregon exports.

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Pennsylvania
> Largest export: Coal
> 2019 Coal export value: $2.6 billion
> Coal as share of total state 2019 exports: 6.0%

Pennsylvania in 2019 exported $2.6 billion worth of coal, including charcoal briquettes and other solid fuels made from coal. It is the fourth-largest producer of coal of any state and is the only state that produces both anthracite and bituminous coal. The state’s coal production dropped 4.6% from 2018 to 2019 as worldwide coal consumption has declined in recent years. In spite of this decline, Pennsylvania is one of three U.S. states in which coal and its associated products are the leading export product category.

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Rhode Island
> Largest export: Waste and scrap of precious metals
> 2019 Waste and scrap of precious metals export value: $568.2 million
> Waste and scrap of precious metals as share of total state 2019 exports: 21.2%

Rhode Island shipped nearly $570 million worth of waste and scrap gold abroad in 2019, accounting for over one-fifth of the state’s exports. Recovered gold and precious metal exports from Rhode Island increased by over 70% from 2018 to 2019. Providence, the place where a relatively inexpensive process for gold plating was invented, was once known as the nation’s jewelry capital. It is still home to a number of gold, platinum, silver, and other precious metal recycling companies.

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South Carolina
> Largest export: Aircraft and parts
> 2019 Aircraft and parts export value: $12.4 billion
> Aircraft and parts as share of total state 2019 exports: 29.9%

South Carolina’s leading exports are all related to transportation. Some 29.9% of the total value of the state’s 2019 exports were aircraft and parts, 24.6% were automobiles, and 4.2% were rubber tires. The export value of each of these categories has increased from 2018 to 2019, with the value of aircraft and parts exports growing by over 56%.

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South Dakota
> Largest export: Pork
> 2019 Pork export value: $146.1 million
> Pork as share of total state 2019 exports: 10.8%

South Dakota farms raise over 1 million pigs annually. Although the state raises even more commercial cattle, pork is the state’s largest export. South Dakota farms exported $146.1 million in pork in 2019, more than a 10th of the value of all exports out of the state. The state’s pork exports increased by more than 20% from 2018 to 2019.