ST. PAUL – Minnesota exports of goods grew 10 percent between 2017 and 2018, reaching a record high of $23 billion, according to a report released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
U.S. exports grew 8 percent during the same period.
Minnesota’s solid export performance led to the state’s ranking rising to 20th highest in exports among all states in 2018, up from 23rd last year. Export growth was strong, even within an environment of continued uncertainty created by changing trade policies in the U.S. and trading partners.
Canada ($4.8 billion) and China ($2.8 billion) were the state’s two largest export markets in 2018 and also contributed the largest gains in value.
Optic and medical goods were the top exported products for Minnesota at $4.5 billion, and led in growth with gains of $719 million (or up 19 percent).