Kansas Exports Up in 2012; Hit $11.66 Billion

Largest export gains made in agricultural products oil seeds, grain, seed, fruit and plants

Published on: Mar 22, 2013

Exporting in Kansas increased slightly to $11.66 billion in 2012, according to data from the Kansas Department of Commerce. Exports have grown by more than $1.75 billion since 2010.

"In 2012, Kansas retained the tremendous gains to the state's export totals made during 2011," said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. "We also experienced some additional growth, as Kansas businesses continued to be successful in international markets. In the global economy, it's vital to remain a competitive state in the export market, and I look forward to continued work with Kansas companies as they strive to become and remain leaders in trade."

The top 10 industry sectors were up from 2011 by 3 percent. The largest gains occurred in oil seeds, grain, seed, fruit and plants (257 percent), mineral fuel (102 percent) and industrial machinery (12 percent). The top 10 industries accounted for 74.2 percent of the state's exports. The largest sector, aircraft sales, had $2.07 billion in exports, a 2.7 percent decline from 2011.

The largest gains occurred in oil seeds, grain, seed, fruit and plants (257 percent), mineral fuel (102 percent) and industrial machinery (12 percent).
The largest gains occurred in oil seeds, grain, seed, fruit and plants (257 percent), mineral fuel (102 percent) and industrial machinery (12 percent).

Once again, Canada, Mexico, China and Japan were the state's top four export markets. Exports to China have increased by 70.6 percent since 2011, the largest increase for any country in the top ten markets. China has moved from the fifth largest export market for Kansas in 2010 to third place.

Other Kansas export facts:

  • Canada continues to be Kansas' largest export market, accounting for 23.3 percent of total exports. The top three markets (Canada, Mexico and China) accounted for 45.6 percent of the total.
  • The top ten markets accounted for 71.9 percent of total exports.
  • Exports to United Kingdom moved from seventh to sixth in the rankings after growing by more than $110 million in 2012, an increase of 26.8 percent from the prior year.
  • In the five-state region that includes Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma, the average export value during 2012 was $9.56 billion. Kansas once again achieved an export mark above this average.

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