Minnesota’s first-quarter 2022 exports were 13 percent higher than first-quarter 2021, totaling 6.1 billion dollars. Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove says, “We are now exporting more goods per quarter than we were before the pandemic, so we’ve not only returned to that…[point] but we’ve exceeded it — but of course you always want to be growing, and that’s really why it’s so important for us as a state to promote the businesses that live here and do business here.” Grove says a new campaign at JoinUsMn.com is “the front door to Minnesota’s economy for the rest of the world.”
Minnesota’s top three export markets are Canada ($1.9 billion), China ($698 million) and Mexico ($676 million). Minnesota’s first-quarter export growth is slightly below the U-S average of 18 percent. Other top export markets for the state are Japan ($285 million), Germany ($186 million) and Belgium ($184 million).