13 April 2011

China SignPost™ (洞察中国) #33–Southeast Trade Winds: East Coast and South experienced fastest value-adjusted growth of all U.S. regions in exports to China over past decade

Gabe Collins and Andrew Erickson, “Southeast Trade Winds: East Coast and South experienced fastest value-adjusted growth of all U.S. regions in exports to China over past decade,” China SignPost™ (洞察中国), No. 33 (14 April 2011).

China SignPost analyzed the data for U.S. exports to China by state from the 2010 U.S. Exports to China by State report from the U.S.-China Business Council. The results shed light on both how strongly U.S. exports to China have grown in the past 10 years and how regionally diverse they are becoming.

Between 2000 and 2010, U.S. exports to China rose from $16.2 billion to $91.9 billion. This 468% increase far outstrips the 55% rate that U.S. trade with the rest of the world grew at over the past decade. The West Coast, which enjoyed 778% growth in its exports to China over the past decade, remains the powerhouse of U.S. exports to China, accounting for 30% of total U.S. exports to China in 2010. However, the East Coast, which now provides nearly 20% of U.S. exports to China, saw its exports to the Middle Kingdom rise by more than 1,000% between 2000 and 2010. Exports from southern states (18% of total US exports to China) boosted their sales to China by 949%, midwestern exporters (12% of total) increased exports to China by 681%, and the southwest, anchored by Texas and Arizona, expanded exports to China by 375% and now accounts for 13% of U.S. exports to China. …