Random Trade Stats Update

State of Trade isn’t often a venue for basic trade data. Sure, WCIT uses a lot of data in its analysis of various trade policies, but there’s plenty of other repositories of trade data for you to check out. And, if you can’t find it, feel free to give a call and we’ll help you!

But I just received an email with a couple of interesting stats about trade in Washington, so I thought I’d pass them along.

1. Washington exported $53.2 billion in 2010.
2. Washington ranks fifth in total exports behind Texas, California, New York and Florida (all much bigger states).
3. In 2010, Washington’s merchandise and commodities exports were equal to 15.6% of state GDP, or 18.5% of the private sector’s contribution to state GDP.
4. Two-way trade for the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma was $91.3 billion in 2010, a 17.6% increase over 2009.
5. Washington exported $7,917.84 per capita in 2010, compared with the US average per capita exports of $4,137.72 (that’s what we mean by “most trade-dependent”).
6. In 2010, Washington agriculture, forestry, and food and beverage exports reached $13.8 billion, a 20% increase over 2009.

Thanks to the Washington State Department of Commerce for the figures!

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