Minnesota exports up; Canada, China and Mexico the top markets

Minnesota exported products worth $5.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, up 6% from the same period in 2012.

Big increases in exports to China, up 35 percent, and Mexico, up 32 percent, were the big drivers in the growth.

Canada is the state’s top export partner but was down 7 percent from the previous year’s fourth quarter.

The state’s measurements include exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products.

Katie Clark Sieben, the commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, said:

“Minnesota had a strong fourth quarter and was one of 19 states that saw exports grow more than 5 percent. With three new foreign trade offices opening in Brazil, Germany and South Korea, the state is positioned to continue seeing healthy export increases in 2014.”

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