Twenty six states experienced export growth in 2013, with 16 of them setting new sale records, according to the Commerce Department.
Total exports reached $2.3 trillion in 2013.
Of the record-setting states, Texas and California took the biggest pieces of the export pie, experiencing total sales of $279.7 billion and $168.1 billion, respectively. Washington ($81.9 billion), Louisiana ($63.1 billion), and Michigan ($58.5 billion) rounded out the top five. Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee also experienced record export numbers.
States that experienced export growth in 2013 were Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota.
“These export numbers show that for more and more American companies, selling internationally is critical to growing their businesses and strengthening our economy,” Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said in a statement. “This important export data confirms that President Obama’s call for increasing our exports and ensuring that trade and investment become part of our economy’s DNA is the right course for America.”