Wisconsin exported 6.1 percent more goods in 2017 than the year
before, much of which went to Canada, Mexico, and China.
According to an
announcement Wednesday, the state exported goods and services worth
$22.3 billion to 202 countries.
“Not only is
Wisconsin becoming more attractive to global companies seeking to
expand or establish operations in the U.S., but existing state
businesses are experiencing more success in selling their products
overseas,” Gov. Scott Walker said in a statement. “The boost in
exports is yet another example of the economic success we
experienced in 2017 and is a trend we expect to continue as more
companies are accessing new markets and new customers through
Canada grew by 4.3 percent to $6.9 billion, driven by increases in
the export of miscellaneous mineral products and electrical
machinery, according to the announcement, while exports to Mexico
were up 4.8 percent for a record $3.2 billion. That increase was due
mostly to an increase in the exportation of electrical machinery and
oil seeds (primarily soybeans). In addition, exports to China jumped
by 21.6 percent to $1.7 billion in 2017 — also a record for exports
to that country. The reason provided for the growth in exports to
China were the increases in the shipments of aircraft and parts;
industrial machinery; dairy products; wood and wood products; and
raw hides and skins.
in the amount of exports received from Wisconsin was Saudi Arabia,
which received a total of $796 million in goods and services from
the state, attributed mostly to an increase in military vehicle
exports. That was a 71.1 percent increase, moving Saudi Arabia from
ninth place on the list of top export destinations in 2016 to fourth
place in 2017.
exported more than $3.5 billion in agriculture products to 147
countries in 2017, a 3.6 percent increase over 2016. The state saw
increases in agriculture exports to Canada (up 1.5 percent); Mexico
(up 14.2 percent); China (up 27.6 percent) and Korea (up 0.3
dairy, eggs and honey products in 2017 were up 19.9 percent over
2016 to $297 million. The state ranks fifth in the U.S. in exports
of those products.