Kansas businesses exported more than $12.45 billion worth of goods in 2013, a 6.46 percent increase over 2012, according to data released today by the Kansas Department of Commerce. Exports have grown by more than 25 percent during the last three years, and in 2013, the state nearly matched its pre-recession record achieved in 2008.
“Kansas businesses continued to build off of the strong growth of the past few years in 2013, and were tremendously successful in international markets,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “The global economy is fiercely competitive, so the many successful Kansas exporters should be commended for their hard work. We will continue to work with them to make our state the best possible place to build a thriving business.”
The top 10 industry sectors were up from 2012 by 12.46 percent. The largest gains occurred in cereals (64.5 percent); oil seeds, grain, seed, fruit and plants (36.3 percent); meat and edible offal (27.6 percent); and electric machinery (23.4 percent). The top 10 industries accounted for 77.4 percent of the state’s exports. Aircraft and parts were once again the most exported commodity, with $1.86 billion in exports
Canada, China, Mexico and Japan were again the state’s top four export markets. Exports to China increased by 46.24 percent, and have grown by nearly $1 billion since 2011. China has moved from the fifth largest export market for Kansas in 2010 to second place in 2013.
Other Kansas export facts:
• Canada continues to be Kansas’ largest export market, accounting for 20.96 percent of total exports. The top three markets (Canada, China and Mexico) accounted for 46.6 percent of the total.
• Exports to China moved from third to second place in the rankings after growing by more than $526 million in 2013, an increase of 46.2 percent from the previous year.
• The top ten markets accounted for 71.9 percent of total exports.
• Cereal and meat products experienced the highest growth, increasing by $686 million and $298 million respectively.
• In the five-state region that includes Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma, the average export value during 2013 was $9.67 billion. Kansas companies surpassed this average by $2.78 billion.
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