GOODS AND SERVICES EXPORTS BY
US STATES TO CHINA OVER THE PAST DECADE
2018 State Export Report
Exports to China continue to be important to US economic growth
US goods exports to China continue to outpace export growth to the rest of the world. In 2017,
the United States exported more goods to China than ever before—more than $127 billion. US
exports of goods to China have grown by 86 percent over the last decade, while exports to the
rest of the world grew by only 21 percent.
China is the third-largest market for
US goods and services exports. China
was a top market for US goods
exports in 2017, with only NAFTA
partners Canada and Mexico buying
more goods last year. It was also the
third-largest market for US services
exports, following the United
Kingdom and Canada.
US Goods Exports to China, in billions
Exports to China support 1 million
American jobs. States across the
country have jobs that are supported
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
thanks to US exports to China, making
trade important to not only US
companies and consumers, but also
US workers. US goods exports to China come from a wide range of industries including
transportation equipment, agriculture, computers and electronics, and oil and gas, sustaining
logistics jobs in America’s ports and throughout the country. US services exports to China
included travel and education, transportation, financial, business and professional services,
among other industries.
Goods exports to China rebounded in 2017. Following two years of declines, US goods exports to
China increased by $14 billion in 2017—growing twice as fast as exports to the rest of the world.
Exports of services to China are significant, and largely drive growth in US services exports. In
2016, the most recent complete year of available data, US services exports to China surpassed
$50 billion for the first time, totaling more than $52 billion--only slightly less than what we sold
that year to Canada. In the decade from 2007 to 2016, US services exports to China increased
more than 300 percent, while services exports to the rest of the world increased about 50
percent. US services exports to China grew by 12 percent in 2016, while US services exports to
the rest of the world contracted by 0.6 percent.
©2018, The US-China Business Council
China: An important market for states across the country
Most states have seen significant increases in exports of goods and services to China in the
past decade. Forty-nine states have increased their goods exports to China in th...