Wash. Exports Set Record in 2012, New Data Show

By Steve Wilhelm, February 11, 2013, Puget Sound Business Journal

Washington state exports hit a record $75.5 billion last year, up 16 percent from the year before.

The state’s record was driven by record Boeing aircraft exports, a category that hit $37 billion, up 37 percent, according to statistics generated by the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISER), in Hadley, Mass.

Boeing was on a production roll during 2012, delivering 601 aircraft, 124 of them 737s, the total second only to 1999 deliveries.

The ascendancy of China as the largest destination for Washington goods became even more pronounced in 2012. The $14.2 billion in Washington exports to China established another record, and was more than $5 billion ahead of second-ranking Japan, according to the statistics.

As recently as 2006, Japan was ahead of China as a destination for Washington goods.

(These numbers are a bit skewed by the fact that some of the grains and oil seed exports, listed as local-origin in the WISER statistics, actually are grown elsewhere in the U.S. and exported through Washington ports.)

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