Exporting and importing goods to and from other countries is something that has been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years. One notable label that we are accustomed to seeing is the “made in China” label. Believe it or not though, a lot of products that we think come directly from a certain city, country or state, are actually just a pit stop for that certain place. For instance, “Hawaii exported more than $560 million worth of petroleum in 2014. This amounted to nearly 40% of the state’s total exports. Although the state has no natural oil extraction, no reserves, and very few refining operations, it serves as a last port of call for the petroleum before it leaves for destinations abroad.”
24/7 Wall Street wanted to identify the top selling products from each state so they found out the largest exports in the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, and California. Alabama’s largest export is cars and passenger vehicles which amount to about 34% of the state’s total exports. Alaska’s largest export is fish, which was valued at $2.07 billion in 2014 and accounts to over 40% of the state’s export. Arizona has a large part in aircraft manufacturing but the exports only come out to about 10% of the state’s total exports. Arkansas and California also play a big role with aircraft manufacturing; over 23% of Arkansas’s exports come from it, and about 6% of California’s.