NDTO News Article

ND Reports Over 33 Percent Increase in Exports in 2011

According to US Department of Commerce statistics released this month, North Dakota has reported another year of climbing export numbers, with a 33.2 percent increase from 2010 to 2011.  Despite global economic challenges, the state has increased exports over 300 percent in the past last decade.  Today, North Dakota exports more, per capita, than the state of California.

Top Exports in 2011:

  • Oil  (200% increase over 2010)
  • Front-End Shovel Loaders  (24.82% increase)
  • Tractors  (14.88% increase)
  • Meslin, Nondurham Wheat  (19.54% increase)
  • Chemical Products  (363% increase)
  • Seeders and Planters  (34.5% increase)
  • Mechanical Shovels  (64% increase)
  • Canola  (64.5% decrease)
  • Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles  (40.45% increase)
  • Vegetable Oil  (90% increase)

Top International Markets in 2011:

  • Canada  (38.76% increase)
  • Mexico  (7.3% increase)
  • Belgium  (64.64% increase)
  • Australia  (22.34% increase)
  • Germany  (80.91% increase)
  • Brazil  (30.80% increase)
  • Russia  (292.65% increase)
  • Nigeria  (123.26% increase)
  • India  (24.3% increase)
  • UK  (34 % increase)

In the last six years, between 2006 and 2011, exports of agricultural equipment ($4,014,952,182) accounted for 27 percent of total North Dakota exports ($14,447,037,497).

According to the most-recent U.S. Bureau of Census information, export-supported jobs linked to manufacturing account for an estimated 3 percent of North Dakota’s total private-sector employment;  over one-seventh (14.5 percent) of all manufacturing workers in North Dakota depend on exports for their jobs.

The U.S. Department of Commerce statistics include commercial products as well as value-added agricultural products.   The 2011 USDA statistics, which track commodities, will be released this summer.

The North Dakota Trade Office’s main goal is to increase North Dakota exports through advocacy, education and expertise.  For more information on how to grow your international export business or to view a list of NDTO educational and networking events, visit www.ndto.com