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California Still a Top Exporting State

Thursday, March 14, 2019

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The U.S. Department of Commerce now has 2018 trade statistics available through the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) “Trade Stats Express.”

In 2018, California exported $178.4 billion to 230 foreign economies, up from $172 billion in 2017. California’s top export markets are Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, and South Korea.

California is one of the 10 largest economies in the world with a gross state product of more than $2.5 trillion. International trade and investment are major parts of the state’s economic engine that broadly benefit businesses, communities, consumers and state government. California’s economy is diverse, and the state’s prosperity is tied to exports and imports of both goods and services by California-based companies, to exports and imports through California’s transportation gateways, and to movement of human and capital resources.

U.S. Trade Facts

In 2018, combined goods and services imports topped $3.1 trillion and services by itself reached $557.9 billion: food, feeds, and beverages ($147.4 billion); capital goods ($693.3 billion); automotive vehicles, parts, and engines ($372.3 billion); and consumer goods ($647.9 billion). The U.S. also had record imports from several countries, led by China ($539.5 billion) and Mexico ($346.5 billion).

In 2018, combined goods and services exports were almost $2.5 trillion. They also increased 6 percent from 2017. Exports of services alone hit a record $828.1 billion. The United States also had record exports to several countries including Mexico ($265 billion) and the United Kingdom ($66.2 billion).

The largest export markets for U.S. goods in 2018 were Canada ($298.7 billion, a 5.6 percent increase), Mexico ($265 billion, an 8.5 percent increase), China ($120.3 billion, a 7.5 percent decrease), Japan ($74.96, a 10.3 percent increase), and the United Kingdom ($66.23, a 16.2 percent increase).

California Trade Facts

The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that, in 2018, California exports amounted to $178.4 billion. This is an increase from the 2017 total of $172 billion. California maintained its perennial position as a top exporting state.

Exports from California accounted for 10.7 percent of total U.S. exports in 2018. California trade and exports translate into high-paying jobs for more than 1 million Californians.

Mexico

Mexico continues to be California’s No. 1 export market. California exports to Mexico increased to $30.7 billion in 2018, up from $26.7 billion in 2017. Mexico purchases 17 percent of all California exports.

California’s exports to Mexico are driven by computers and electronic products, which account for 25.8 percent of all California exports to Mexico. Other top categories included transportation equipment, non-electrical machinery, and electrical equipment, appliances and components.

Canada

Canada is California’s second largest export market, purchasing 9.9 percent of all California exports. In 2018, California exported more than $17.75 billion to Canada.

Computers and electronic products remained California’s largest exports, accounting for 32.5 percent of all California exports to Canada.

Asia-Pacific

California is the largest exporting state to Asia. In 2018, California exported $122.706 billion in goods to the region.

Greater China

California exports to Mainland China totaled $16.345 billion in 2018. Computers and electronic products accounted for 25.6 percent of exports to China.

Exports to Hong Kong were $9.905 billion in 2018, a decrease from $12.1 billion in 2017, losing the spot as California’s No. 5 export destination to South Korea.

Japan

California exports to Japan totaled $13.1 billion in 2018. Computers and electronic products accounted for 17.7 percent of total exports.

South Korea

South Korea overtook the spot of California’s No. 5 trading partner as California exported $9.942 billion to South Korea in 2018. Almost 30 percent was made up of non-electrical machinery.

European Union

California exports to the European Union (28) totaled $31.84 billion in 2018. California is the top exporting state to Europe.

Computers, electronic products, transportation equipment, chemicals, and miscellaneous manufactured commodities are California’s leading export sectors to the region. European Union countries purchase 17.8 percent of all California exports.

Get the latest annual and quarterly trade data with TradeStats Express™ here.

Source: CalChamber

Category: International Trade, Economic News