In 2017, the US distributed $2.3 trillion in exports. This made up part of the overall foreign trade amount of $5.2 trillion. Out of this $2.3 trillion in exports included $1.4 trillion in goods, and a number of other varying commodities. It’s also a contentious time for trade, as the US raises tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, and other countries have expressed intent to impose further tariffs on American products in response. Let’s take a look at the top exports for 2018.
Mineral fuels: Mineral fuels, including oil, made up $138 billion of all total exports, or 8.9%.
Aircraft (and spacecraft): Aircraft and spacecraft contributed to 8.5% of all exported goods, or $131.2 billion.
Automobiles: In 2017, automobiles contributed to $158 billion exports, or 10 percent of all goods.
Pharmaceuticals: $45.1 billion’s worth of pharmaceuticals were exported in 2017.
Machinery: The U.S. exported $201.7 billion of machinery, such as computers, making up 13% of all exports.
Electrical machinery and equipment: The U.S. exported $174.2 billion of electrical machinery and equipment, or 11.3% of all total exports.
Gems and precious metals: Gems and precious metals made up $60.4 billion of all total exports, or 3.9%.
Organic chemicals: $36.2 billion, or 2.3% of all total exports consisted of organic chemicals.
Medical apparatuses: Optical, technical, and other medical apparatuses made up $83.6 billion of all exports, or 5.4%.
Plastics: The U.S. exported $61.5 billion worth of plastics, or 4% in 2018.
Some of the biggest international players in U.S. exports include Apple, Exxon Mobil, Coca-Cola, Intel, PepsiCo, Boeing, and more.