Who Buys The Goods We Make?

The United States makes more of many items than we can use, so we sell them to other countries. Items made in the U.S. and sold abroad are called exports and the countries to whom we sell the excess goods are called trading partners. Here are some of the countries with whom we traded our extra goods in 2012.

Export Trading Partners

CountryPercent of
Total 2012 Exports
Canada18.9%
Mexico14.0
China7.1
Japan4.5
United Kingdom3.5
Germany3.2
Brazil2.8
South Korea2.7
Netherlands2.6
Hong Kong2.4
Australia2.0
France2.0
Singapore2.0
Belgium1.9
Switzerland1.7

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