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Oregon State Exports 

  • In 2013, Oregon goods exports were $18.6 billion, up 25 percent ($3.7) billion from 2009, and up 80 percent ($8.3 billion) from 2003 (according to the U.S. Dept of Commerce). Goods exports accounted for 8.5 percent of Oregon GDP in 2013.  Oregon was the 23rd largest state exporter of goods in 2013.
  • In 2013, jobs supported by Oregon’s goods exports are estimated to be 92 thousand.   U.S. jobs supported by goods exports pay an estimated 13 to 18 percent higher than the national average wage.

Manufacturing Exports and Jobs

  • Oregon’s manufacturing exports supported 22.0 percent of its total manufacturing employment in 2011 (latest year available).
  • Oregon's exports of manufactured products were up by 77 percent between 2003 and 2013 (from $8.8 billion in 2003 to $15.6 billion in 2013).
  • The five largest manufacturing sectors in terms of Oregon's exports were: Electronic Products ($6.7 billion of exports in 2013), Machinery ($2.2 billion), Chemicals ($1.6 billion), Transportation Equipment ($1.1 billion), and Processed Food ($667 million). These 5 sectors accounted for 79 percent of the state's total manufacturing exports.

Agriculture Exports

  • Oregon is the country’s 24th largest agricultural exporting state, shipping $2.0 billion in agricultural exports abroad in 2012 (latest data available according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture).[1]  Oregon is the largest state exporter of planting seeds ($378 million), the 11th largest state exporter of wheat ($242 million), the 4th largest exporter of fresh fruit ($149 million), and the 13th largest exporter of processed vegetables ($99 million).  These four categories accounted for 43 percent of Oregon’s agricultural exports in 2012. 

Export Markets

  • Oregon’s state exports of goods to the 20 existing FTA countries totaled $6.5 billion in 2013, 35% of Oregon’s total goods exports to the world.
  • China is Oregon’s largest export market with $3.4 billion or 18% of Oregon’s total goods exports, followed by Canada ($3.1 billion), Malaysia ($1.9 billion), Japan ($1.5 billion), and South Korea ($995 million).
  • In 2013, Oregon exported $14.5 billion to APEC, $10.6 billion to Asia, $1.8 billion to European Union, $1.5 billion to South/Central America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico), and $100 million to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Small and Medium Sized Businesses

  • Over 5,300 Oregon small and medium sized businesses exported in 2012(latest data available), accounting for 88.1 percent of exporting businesses from Oregon and 33.7 percent of Oregon's exports by value.

Foreign Investment and Jobs

  • In 2011 (latest year available), foreign-controlled companies employed 46,000 Oregon workers. Major sources of foreign investment in Oregon in 2011 included United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, and Canada.
  • Foreign investment in Oregon was responsible for 3.4 percent of the state's total private-industry employment in 2011.

Major Metropolitan Areas Exports

  • In 2013, the following metropolitan areas in Oregon recorded goods exports: Albany ($610 million), Eugene ($476 million), Salem ($414 million), Corvallis ($268 million), Medford ($155 million), Bend-Redmond ($119 million), Grants Pass ($35 million), and Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro ($17.6 billion, portions of this MSA are shared with one or more other states).

Estimates of State exports of agricultural products by the U.S. Dept of Agriculture and goods exports by the   U.S. Dept of Commerce are based on different methodologies and are not directly comparable.

Updated September 2014