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Wisconsin Records Strong Export Growth
For Immediate Release: February 22, 2011
MADISON - Governor Scott Walker announced today that Wisconsin's exports increased 18.28% to $19.78 billion in 2010. Wisconsin now ranks as the 18th-largest exporting state, up from its 21st-largest rank in 2006.
"I salute Wisconsin companies for aggressively seeking new markets around the globe," Governor Walker said. "As Governor, I'm committed to doing all I can to support a climate that encourages success for our exporters."
Exports to Canada, Wisconsin's largest international market, grew by 24.87 percent to $6.04 billion. Mexico continued as Wisconsin's second-largest export market, as exports grew 26.76 percent to $2.00 billion. China took third place with a 21.45-percent increase to $1.33 billion. Germany took fourth place with a 16.28 percent increase to $745.3 million. Japan ranked fifth with a 6.73-percent increase to $731.4 million.
Industrial machinery, including computer equipment, continues to be Wisconsin's top manufacturing export commodity, growing by 13.34-percent to $6.3 billion. Electrical machinery ranked second with a 17-percent increase to $2.3 billion. Medical and scientific instruments ranked third with a 18.47-percent increase to $2.2 billion. Transportation equipment ranked fourth with a 1.33-percent increase to $1.1 billion. Paper and paperboard ranked fifth with an 32.8-percent increase to $833.8 million.
The state's agricultural exports increased by 36.39-percent to $2.41 billion in 2010, a record high. Cereal grains ranked first with a 111.74-percent increase to $515.91 million. Dairy Related Exports ranked second with a 27.95-percent increase to $213.36 million. Miscellaneous Food, including ingredients, sauces, yeasts, soups, and mustards, ranked third with a 16.28-percent increase to $200.47 million. Baking Related Exports ranked fourth with a 3.03-percent decrease to $178.67 million; and Miscellaneous Grain, Seeds, and Fruits ranked fifth with 62.77-percent increase to $157.97 million.
Wisconsin's export growth to the four countries where the state maintains trade offices exceeded its overall export growth---Canada, up 24.87 percent; Mexico, up 26.76 percent, China, up 21.45 percent; and Brazil, up 42.65 percent.
Annual Governor's Export Achievement Awards
Any agricultural, forestry, industrial, high technology or service enterprise successfully engaging in or assisting in the export of Wisconsin-origin products or services can be nominated. Nominations can be made by an employee of the firm or organization, or by an outside person familiar with the firm or organization. Self nominations are encouraged.
Nominations/Applications must be received by 4:30 pm on Friday, April 15, 2011. Submissions can be sent by courier, mail, fax, or e-mail to:
Wisconsin Department of Commerce