Biggest exports from Washington, D.C.

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August 16, 2021
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Biggest exports from Washington, D.C.

Significant drops in transport and travel due to coronavirus drove American exports in 2020 down 15.7% to their lowest levels since 2010, according to Commerce Department data released Feb. 5, 2021. The pandemic threw a monkey wrench into supply chains while flattening demand, all in the midst of significant tariffs imposed by the United States on China and the European Union.

The trade gap grew from $576.9 billion in 2019 to $678.7 billion in 2020. Meanwhile, China reestablished its standing as the top U.S. trade partner after being third in 2019 behind Mexico and Canada.

Stacker compiled a list of the biggest exports from Washington, D.C. using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Commodities are ranked by the highest value of exports in 2020 from Washington, D.C..

The U.S. in 2020 shipped $1.4 trillion in goods internationally, a -13% decline from 2019 but 12% higher since 2010. Keep reading to find out what some of the biggest exports from Washington, D.C. were in 2020.

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#15. Railway or tramway stock etc; traffic signal equip

- Exports: $2.4 million (0.1% of exports)
- Countries export most to: United Arab Emirates ($2.4 million), Canada ($5,114)
- Imports: $36,747 (0.0% of imports)
--- Countries import most from: Czech Republic ($21,328), Japan ($12,380), Germany ($3,039)
- Trade balance: $2.4 million trade surplus
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#14. Printed books, newspapers etc; manuscripts etc

- Exports: $2.8 million (0.1% of exports)
--- Countries export most to: Netherlands ($837,000), Canada ($822,087), Qatar ($451,233)
- Imports: $14.2 million (2.6% of imports)
--- Countries import most from: Hong Kong ($4.2 million), Switzerland ($2.5 million), China ($2.2 million)
- Trade balance: $11.3 million trade deficit
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#13. Miscellaneous chemical products

- Exports: $3.3 million (0.1% of exports)
--- Countries export most to: United Arab Emirates ($3.2 million), Qatar ($64,021), Singapore ($12,580)
- Imports: $14.2 million (2.6% of imports)
--- Countries import most from: Canada ($12.6 million), Germany ($486,706), Equatorial Guinea ($280,604)
- Trade balance: $10.9 million trade deficit
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#12. Pharmaceutical products

- Exports: $4.7 million (0.2% of exports)
--- Countries export most to: Kuwait ($2.6 million), Qatar ($1.2 million), Colombia ($357,475)
- Imports: $1.5 million (0.3% of imports)
--- Countries import most from: Canada ($640,556), Germany ($398,663), India ($382,561)
- Trade balance: $3.2 million trade surplus
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#11. Nat etc pearls, prec etc stones, pr met etc; coin

- Exports: $5.2 million (0.2% of exports)
--- Countries export most to: Germany ($4.1 million), Israel ($687,000), United Kingdom ($186,201)
- Imports: $7.8 million (1.4% of imports)
--- Countries import most from: South Africa ($3.6 million), United Kingdom ($2.9 million), Colombia ($281,915)
- Trade balance: $2.6 million trade deficit

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#10. Explosives; pyrotechnics; matches; pyro alloys etc

- Exports: $6.5 million (0.2% of exports)
--- Countries export most to: United Arab Emirates ($4.0 million), New Zealand ($1.5 million), United Kingdom ($317,688)
- Imports: $48,456 (0.0% of imports)
--- Countries import most from: United Kingdom ($48,456)
- Trade balance: $6.5 million trade surplus
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#9. Optic, photo etc, medic or surgical instrments etc

- Exports: $10.9 million (0.4% of exports)
--- Countries export most to: Brazil ($3.1 million), Sweden ($2.8 million), India ($1.1 million)
- Imports: $40.7 million (7.5% of imports)
--- Countries import most from: Japan ($16.1 million), Germany ($10.8 million), Sweden ($4.0 million)
- Trade balance: $29.8 million trade deficit
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#8. Ships, boats and floating structures

- Exports: $12.5 million (0.5% of exports)
--- Countries export most to: Egypt ($10.9 million), Brazil ($1.1 million), United Kingdom ($385,140)
- Imports: $566,582 (0.1% of imports)
--- Countries import most from: Turkey ($400,000), Germany ($84,889), France ($40,452)
- Trade balance: $12.0 million trade surplus
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#7. Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery etc.; parts

- Exports: $20.8 million (0.7% of exports)
--- Countries export most to: United Arab Emirates ($3.7 million), Sweden ($3.0 million), France ($2.7 million)
- Imports: $40.3 million (7.5% of imports)
--- Countries import most from: Germany ($9.5 million), China ($4.3 million), Taiwan ($4.2 million)
- Trade balance: $19.5 million trade deficit
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#6. Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques

- Exports: $66.0 million (2.4% of exports)
--- Countries export most to: United Kingdom ($16.7 million), Germany ($12.4 million), Denmark ($10.1 million)
- Imports: $29.1 million (5.4% of imports)
--- Countries import most from: France ($17.2 million), Italy ($4.5 million), United Kingdom ($2.0 million)
- Trade balance: $36.9 million trade surplus

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#5. Vehicles, except railway or tramway, and parts etc

- Exports: $235.7 million (8.5% of exports)
--- Countries export most to: Egypt ($204.3 million), Morocco ($19.2 million), Qatar ($5.6 million)
- Imports: $3.6 million (0.7% of imports)
--- Countries import most from: China ($2.2 million), Taiwan ($283,471), Germany ($240,343)
- Trade balance: $232.1 million trade surplus
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#4. Electric machinery etc; sound equip; tv equip; pts

- Exports: $330.2 million (11.9% of exports)
--- Countries export most to: Qatar ($256.4 million), United Arab Emirates ($35.4 million), Philippines ($16.1 million)
- Imports: $34.3 million (6.4% of imports)
--- Countries import most from: Canada ($11.1 million), Germany ($4.4 million), China ($3.5 million)
- Trade balance: $295.9 million trade surplus
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#3. Special classification provisions, nesoi

- Exports: $341.6 million (12.3% of exports)
--- Countries export most to: United Kingdom ($286.0 million), United Arab Emirates ($23.6 million), Kuwait ($15.0 million)
- Imports: $36.2 million (6.7% of imports)
--- Countries import most from: Morocco ($9.0 million), United Kingdom ($6.5 million), Pakistan ($3.1 million)
- Trade balance: $305.4 million trade surplus
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#2. Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof

- Exports: $735.0 million (26.5% of exports)
--- Countries export most to: Qatar ($364.7 million), United Arab Emirates ($298.7 million), Morocco ($33.6 million)
- Imports: $37,009 (0.0% of imports)
--- Countries import most from: United Kingdom ($33,649), Canada ($3,360)
- Trade balance: $735.0 million trade surplus
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#1. Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof

- Exports: $976.4 million (35.2% of exports)
--- Countries export most to: Qatar ($267.9 million), United Kingdom ($262.8 million), Saudi Arabia ($222.4 million)
- Imports: $16.3 million (3.0% of imports)
--- Countries import most from: France ($12.1 million), Turkey ($2.4 million), United Kingdom ($1.2 million)
- Trade balance: $960.1 million trade surplus

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