What are West Virginia’s biggest exports?

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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 West Virginia using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Commodities are ranked by the highest value of exports in 2020 from West Virginia.

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 West Virginia were in 2020.

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

– Exports: $82.0 million (1.8% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Canada ($24.0 million), Belgium ($19.4 million), China ($13.3 million)
– Imports: $165.7 million (5.7% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Japan ($136.8 million), China ($7.1 million), Canada ($5.6 million)
– Trade balance: $83.7 million trade deficit

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

– Exports: $90.6 million (2.0% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Netherlands ($27.7 million), China ($7.8 million), Brazil ($6.2 million)
– Imports: $4.5 million (0.2% of imports)
— Countries import most from: China ($1.7 million), France ($1.1 million), Italy ($431,131)
– Trade balance: $86.1 million trade surplus

#8. Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal

– Exports: $119.8 million (2.6% of exports)
— Countries export most to: China ($62.4 million), Canada ($28.1 million), Vietnam ($14.9 million)
– Imports: $17.3 million (0.6% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Canada ($14.1 million), China ($2.3 million), Brazil ($565,938)
– Trade balance: $102.5 million trade surplus

#7. Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof

– Exports: $121.2 million (2.7% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Germany ($52.5 million), Canada ($23.3 million), Singapore ($8.7 million)
– Imports: $3.4 million (0.1% of imports)
— Countries import most from: United Kingdom ($1.8 million), Canada ($1.5 million), Germany ($34,224)
– Trade balance: $117.8 million trade surplus

#6. Aluminum and articles thereof

– Exports: $126.9 million (2.8% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Canada ($26.2 million), France ($21.0 million), China ($18.2 million)
– Imports: $71.9 million (2.5% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Canada ($51.3 million), France ($14.7 million), Brazil ($1.3 million)
– Trade balance: $55.0 million trade surplus

#5. Miscellaneous chemical products

– Exports: $129.2 million (2.8% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Canada ($26.8 million), Malaysia ($22.9 million), China ($19.1 million)
– Imports: $73.2 million (2.5% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Belgium ($30.8 million), Taiwan ($9.0 million), France ($7.8 million)
– Trade balance: $56.0 million trade surplus

#4. Organic chemicals

– Exports: $217.6 million (4.8% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Belgium ($43.8 million), Germany ($43.5 million), Netherlands ($18.9 million)
– Imports: $168.4 million (5.8% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Canada ($81.7 million), Japan ($18.0 million), Germany ($16.7 million)
– Trade balance: $49.2 million trade surplus

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

– Exports: $816.5 million (17.9% of exports)
— Countries export most to: Canada ($738.0 million), South Africa ($9.9 million), China ($6.1 million)
– Imports: $959.1 million (32.9% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Canada ($346.2 million), Japan ($220.9 million), Germany ($93.2 million)
– Trade balance: $142.6 million trade deficit

#2. Plastics and articles thereof

– Exports: $840.9 million (18.4% of exports)
— Countries export most to: China ($189.4 million), Belgium ($105.4 million), Canada ($95.4 million)
– Imports: $138.0 million (4.7% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Canada ($30.2 million), Germany ($28.6 million), Taiwan ($28.4 million)
– Trade balance: $703.0 million trade surplus

#1. Mineral fuel, oil etc.; bitumin subst; mineral wax

– Exports: $1.5 billion (32.5% of exports)
— Countries export most to: India ($358.9 million), Ukraine ($328.5 million), Brazil ($113.2 million)
– Imports: $25.8 million (0.9% of imports)
— Countries import most from: Canada ($24.2 million), South Africa ($379,210), Japan ($329,266)
– Trade balance: $1.5 billion trade surplus

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