Biggest exports from North Carolina

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Significant drops in transport and travel due to coronavirus drove American exports in 2020 down 15.7% to their lowest levels since 2010, according to Commerce Department data released Feb. 5, 2021. The pandemic threw a monkey wrench into supply chains while flattening demand, all in the midst of significant tariffs imposed by the United States on China and the European Union.

The trade gap grew from $576.9 billion in 2019 to $678.7 billion in 2020. Meanwhile, China reestablished its standing as the top U.S. trade partner after being third in 2019 behind Mexico and Canada.

Stacker compiled a list of the biggest exports from North Carolina using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Commodities are ranked by the highest value of exports in 2020 from North Carolina.

The U.S. in 2020 shipped $1.4 trillion in goods internationally, a -13% decline from 2019 but 12% higher since 2010. Keep reading to find out what some of the biggest exports from North Carolina were in 2020.

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#30. Rubber and articles thereof

– Exports: $173.5 million (0.6% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Canada ($64.9 million), Mexico ($26.8 million), France ($9.6 million)
– Imports: $1.0 billion (1.7% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Thailand ($180.2 million), Malaysia ($147.4 million), Indonesia ($109.9 million)
– Trade balance: $857.7 million trade deficit

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#29. Soap etc; waxes, polish etc; candles; dental preps

– Exports: $186.4 million (0.7% of exports)
— Countries export most to Canada ($53.4 million), China ($14.5 million), United Kingdom ($13.5 million)
– Imports: $71.3 million (0.1% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Germany ($17.1 million), Canada ($10.8 million), China ($7.6 million)
– Trade balance: $115.1 million trade surplus

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#28. Toys, games & sport equipment; parts & accessories

– Exports: $191.5 million (0.7% of exports)
— Countries export most to Germany ($28.6 million), Canada ($26.5 million), United Kingdom ($21.1 million)
– Imports: $271.4 million (0.4% of imports)
— Countries import most from: China ($204.3 million), Taiwan ($14.5 million), Canada ($8.6 million)
– Trade balance: $79.9 million trade deficit

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#27. Albuminoidal subst; modified starch; glue; enzymes

– Exports: $192.1 million (0.7% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Canada ($50.9 million), Denmark ($30.8 million), Mexico ($25.2 million)
– Imports: $206.3 million (0.3% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Denmark ($122.2 million), Germany ($24.3 million), China ($21.4 million)
– Trade balance: $14.2 million trade deficithttps://9e790cc50e582da25404ac0cbebda1c7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

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#26. Salt; sulfur; earth & stone; lime & cement plaster

– Exports: $193.0 million (0.7% of exports)
— Countries export most to: China ($81.1 million), Japan ($46.1 million), Germany ($15.3 million)
– Imports: $148.6 million (0.2% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Canada ($60.6 million), Ireland ($33.9 million), Bahamas ($30.5 million)
– Trade balance: $44.4 million trade surplus

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#25. Articles of iron or steel

– Exports: $196.7 million (0.7% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Canada ($61.1 million), Mexico ($55.5 million), France ($17.9 million)
– Imports: $642.5 million (1.1% of imports)
— Countries import most from: China ($227.9 million), Canada ($63.3 million), Germany ($62.9 million)
– Trade balance: $445.8 million trade deficit

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#24. Furniture; bedding etc; lamps nesoi etc; prefab bd

– Exports: $203.8 million (0.7% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Canada ($67.1 million), Mexico ($16.5 million), China ($11.9 million)
– Imports: $1.7 billion (2.8% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Vietnam ($565.4 million), China ($491.8 million), Canada ($96.2 million)
– Trade balance: $1.5 billion trade deficit

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#23. Manmade filaments, including yarns & woven fabrics

– Exports: $244.9 million (0.9% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Mexico ($49.1 million), Canada ($39.4 million), El Salvador ($26.9 million)
– Imports: $255.5 million (0.4% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Mexico ($43.4 million), China ($37.7 million), Korea, South ($33.2 million)
– Trade balance: $10.6 million trade deficit

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#22. Essential oils etc; perfumery, cosmetic etc preps

– Exports: $246.7 million (0.9% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Canada ($57.6 million), Australia ($27.6 million), Germany ($22.2 million)
– Imports: $242.5 million (0.4% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Spain ($48.7 million), Germany ($45.2 million), France ($44.8 million)
– Trade balance: $4.2 million trade surplus

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#21. Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal

– Exports: $259.6 million (0.9% of exports)
— Countries export most to: China ($98.3 million), Vietnam ($64.8 million), Canada ($31.9 million)
– Imports: $763.9 million (1.2% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Canada ($327.5 million), Sweden ($88.7 million), Brazil ($81.3 million)
– Trade balance: $504.2 million trade deficit

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#20. Special classification provisions, nesoi

– Exports: $265.0 million (0.9% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Saudi Arabia ($157.9 million), Netherlands ($17.8 million), Canada ($14.2 million)
– Imports: $4.6 billion (7.5% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Ireland ($3.5 billion), Mexico ($194.9 million), Canada ($153.5 million)
– Trade balance: $4.3 billion trade deficit

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#19. Paper & paperboard & articles (inc papr pulp artl)

– Exports: $296.1 million (1.0% of exports)
— Countries export most to Canada ($138.5 million), Mexico ($47.0 million), United Kingdom ($23.2 million)
– Imports: $345.9 million (0.6% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Canada ($141.9 million), China ($40.1 million), Germany ($32.0 million)
– Trade balance: $49.9 million trade deficithttps://9e790cc50e582da25404ac0cbebda1c7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

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#18. Wadding, felt etc; sp yarn; twine, ropes etc.

– Exports: $301.7 million (1.1% of exports)
— Countries export most to Mexico ($78.4 million), Canada ($74.1 million), Honduras ($37.4 million)
– Imports: $215.6 million (0.4% of imports)
— Countries import most from: China ($67.0 million), Israel ($31.3 million), Germany ($20.6 million)
– Trade balance: $86.1 million trade surplus

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#17. Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes

– Exports: $318.9 million (1.1% of exports)
— Countries export most to Mexico ($50.3 million), Indonesia ($36.8 million), Korea, South ($27.4 million)
– Imports: $265.1 million (0.4% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Brazil ($90.6 million), Turkey ($33.6 million), Canada ($29.9 million)
– Trade balance: $53.7 million trade surplus

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#16. Manmade staple fibers, incl yarns & woven fabrics

– Exports: $368.8 million (1.3% of exports)
— Countries export most to Honduras ($169.6 million), Mexico ($59.1 million), El Salvador ($55.7 million)
– Imports: $302.7 million (0.5% of imports)
— Countries import most from: China ($31.7 million), Germany ($29.8 million), Indonesia ($29.4 million)
– Trade balance: $66.1 million trade surplus

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#15. Miscellaneous edible preparations

– Exports: $398.2 million (1.4% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Canada ($67.7 million), Mexico ($60.3 million), Indonesia ($53.3 million)
– Imports: $76.8 million (0.1% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Canada ($30.2 million), Italy ($11.2 million), Brazil ($7.7 million)
– Trade balance: $321.3 million trade surplushttps://9e790cc50e582da25404ac0cbebda1c7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

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#14. Inorg chem; prec & rare-earth met & radioact compd

– Exports: $415.6 million (1.5% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Mexico ($66.1 million), Japan ($57.4 million), Spain ($56.4 million)
– Imports: $470.7 million (0.8% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Netherlands ($96.5 million), Germany ($69.2 million), France ($67.0 million)
– Trade balance: $55.1 million trade deficit

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#13. Organic chemicals

– Exports: $420.7 million (1.5% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Mexico ($60.6 million), Netherlands ($48.0 million), Belgium ($43.5 million)
– Imports: $3.5 billion (5.8% of imports)
— Countries import most from Singapore ($890.4 million), Netherlands ($869.7 million), Canada ($212.3 million)
– Trade balance: $3.1 billion trade deficit

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#12. Nat etc pearls, prec etc stones, pr met etc; coin

– Exports: $553.0 million (1.9% of exports)
— Countries export most to Singapore ($300.5 million), Italy ($132.8 million), United Kingdom ($34.6 million)
– Imports: $214.8 million (0.4% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Singapore ($150.5 million), China ($19.4 million), India ($5.4 million)
– Trade balance: $338.3 million trade surplus

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#11. Cotton, including yarn and woven fabric thereof

– Exports: $590.7 million (2.1% of exports)
— Countries export most to Honduras ($249.4 million), Dominican Republic ($81.3 million), China ($29.9 million)
– Imports: $65.9 million (0.1% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Pakistan ($20.1 million), China ($12.3 million), India ($12.3 million)
– Trade balance: $524.9 million trade surplushttps://9e790cc50e582da25404ac0cbebda1c7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

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#10. Wood pulp etc; recovd (waste & scrap) ppr & pprbd

– Exports: $726.0 million (2.6% of exports)
— Countries export most to: China ($194.9 million), Japan ($83.6 million), Indonesia ($44.4 million)
– Imports: $17.6 million (0.0% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Canada ($17.6 million), China ($19,950), United Kingdom ($2,626)
– Trade balance: $708.4 million trade surplus

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#9. Vehicles, except railway or tramway, and parts etc

– Exports: $900.1 million (3.2% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Canada ($431.8 million), Mexico ($255.1 million), Saudi Arabia ($25.3 million)
– Imports: $1.7 billion (2.8% of imports)
— Countries import most from Mexico ($390.1 million), Japan ($278.4 million), Korea, South ($254.4 million)
– Trade balance: $805.6 million trade deficit

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#8. Meat and edible meat offal

– Exports: $980.9 million (3.4% of exports)
— Countries export most to China ($437.5 million), Japan ($81.9 million), Korea, South ($69.5 million)
– Imports: $61.6 million (0.1% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Canada ($51.1 million), Mexico ($8.5 million), Poland ($2.0 million)
– Trade balance: $919.3 million trade surplus

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#7. Optic, photo etc, medic or surgical instrments etc

– Exports: $1.1 billion (3.7% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Canada ($198.2 million), Belgium ($185.9 million), Mexico ($69.1 million)
– Imports: $1.5 billion (2.4% of imports)
— Countries import most from: China ($218.0 million), Mexico ($164.8 million), Germany ($162.0 million)
– Trade balance: $392.6 million trade deficit

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#6. Miscellaneous chemical products

– Exports: $1.3 billion (4.6% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Mexico ($595.0 million), Italy ($94.1 million), Canada ($75.0 million)
– Imports: $857.2 million (1.4% of imports)
— Countries import most from China ($385.3 million), United Kingdom ($169.7 million), Taiwan ($35.9 million)
– Trade balance: $443.7 million trade surplus

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#5. Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof

– Exports: $1.4 billion (4.9% of exports)
— Countries export most to France ($623.2 million), Saudi Arabia ($437.5 million), Germany ($41.9 million)
– Imports: $246.5 million (0.4% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Canada ($84.1 million), Mexico ($54.4 million), France ($49.6 million)
– Trade balance: $1.1 billion trade surplus

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#4. Plastics and articles thereof

– Exports: $1.4 billion (4.9% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Mexico ($384.8 million), Canada ($306.0 million), China ($157.5 million)
– Imports: $2.2 billion (3.7% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Mexico ($471.2 million), Canada ($419.9 million), China ($409.3 million)
– Trade balance: $831.0 million trade deficit

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#3. Electric machinery etc; sound equip; tv equip; pts

– Exports: $2.6 billion (9.3% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Canada ($485.6 million), China ($369.9 million), Mexico ($366.1 million)
– Imports: $6.3 billion (10.3% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Mexico ($1.9 billion), China ($1.3 billion), Japan ($401.0 million)
– Trade balance: $3.6 billion trade deficit

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#2. Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery etc.; parts

– Exports: $4.4 billion (15.6% of exports)
— Countries export most to Canada ($1.9 billion), Mexico ($672.1 million), Belgium ($197.8 million)
– Imports: $12.4 billion (20.3% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Mexico ($2.8 billion), China ($2.8 billion), Germany ($1.2 billion)
– Trade balance: $8.0 billion trade deficit

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#1. Pharmaceutical products

– Exports: $4.7 billion (16.6% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Canada ($744.6 million), China ($707.0 million), Netherlands ($556.4 million)
– Imports: $9.3 billion (15.2% of imports)
— Countries import most from Germany ($6.2 billion), Ireland ($1.2 billion), India ($604.1 million)
– Trade balance: $4.6 billion trade deficit

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