BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Commercial Service says that excluding oil, North Dakota exported more than $2.2 billion worth of products last year, which is nearly an 11% decrease from 2018.
The state’s export decline was led by soybeans and machinery, including farm implements.
Soybean exports decreased 55% between 2018 and 2019. Data show that North Dakota exported about $30 million worth of soybeans in 2019, down from $66.9 million the year before.
The value of machinery dropped from $652 million to $488 million, a 25% decrease.
Some exports of crops saw an increase, including the state’s durum, wheat and corn.
Crude oil, the state’s largest export, made up about 67% of North Dakota’s in total exports in 2019, down slightly from 2018.
“But most of this oil is simply going through a pipeline that crosses briefly into Canada and isn’t actually sold into Canada,” said Heather Ranck of the U.S. Commercial Service.
Canada is the state’s top export destination, followed by Mexico, which imports 3.4% of North Dakota’s total exports. Australia, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Dominican Republic, Czech Republic, United Kingdom and Russia round out the top 10.