Kansas’ exports – including agricultural products, transportation equipment, machinery and other goods – rose 6.5 percent between 2012 and 2013, reaching $12.5 billion, according to the International Trade Administration.
The strongest sales growth in terms of percentages for the state was to Peru (up 239 percent), Venezuela (up 199 percent), Hong Kong (up 95 percent), Brazil (up 91 percent) and Taiwan (up 51 percent).
The state’s main categories of export are agricultural products, food and kindred products, transportation equipment, machinery and chemicals.
Wichita is, by far, the state’s biggest exporter. In 2012, the most recent figures available, the Wichita metro area exported $4.3 billion worth of goods. Other Kansas metro areas are: Topeka, $265 million; Lawrence, $66 million; Manhattan, $33 million.
The United States reached an all-time record in 2013 for exports of U.S. goods and services, reaching $2.3 trillion in 2013. Trade activity supports nearly 10 million American jobs, according to the trade administration.