North Dakota’s exports increased 15 percent, from $2.2 billion in 2009 to $2.5 billion in 2010, according to a newsletter from the U.S. Commercial Service in Fargo.
The state’s top exports in 2010 were front end shovel loaders, crude oil, and canola oil.
Canada continues to be North Dakota’s top export destination, with a record 62 percent of the state’s exports, worth $1.6 billion, going to Canada.
Exports of tractors and agricultural machinery dropped due primarily to significant sales decreases to the former Soviet Union countries of Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
North Dakota maintained its position as the 44th largest exporter among the 50 states in 2010.