Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Oregon Exports Up

By Karen Robes Meeks

Oregon exports continue to rise despite an uncertain trade landscape.

Oregon shipped 1.8 percent more goods in 2018 than it did in 2017 to the tune of $22.3 billion in goods, according to new US Department of Commerce data.

Oregon’s top export nations – China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and Vietnam – receive at least $1 billion in Oregon exports, while Canada, its second-biggest trade partner received computers and electronics, machinery, chemicals, agriculture, and transportation equipment, according to the Port of Portland.

“Oregon’s record trade numbers reflect our state’s diverse manufacturing base, and the lasting partnerships we’ve built across the Pacific Rim,” said Chris Harder, director of Business Oregon. “We’re particularly pleased to see the growth not limited to one industry or destination country, but spread throughout, increasing revenue for exporters across the state of Oregon.”

“In a trade-dependent state like ours, we rely on strong trading partnerships to help Oregon farmers feed the world and local businesses continue to grow,” said Curtis Robinhold, executive director of the Port of Portland. “With small- or medium-sized businesses making up nearly 90 percent of all exporters in Oregon, it is promising to see trade activity expand – contributing to a more equitable and prosperous region for all.”