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Kansas International Trade Summary

2021 Kansas Export Statistics Executive Summary

Kansas exports reached an all-time high of $12.6 billion in 2021. Compared with last year’s data, exports surged by $2.2 billion, representing a 20.9 percent growth. The previous high for state exports occurred in 2008, and topped out at $12.5 billion.  This most recent increase was, at least in part, most likely the result of pent-up demand due to the trade distortions brought on by the pandemic.  Higher product prices and the monetary actions and fiscal policiies of some of our trading partners also played a role.

The combined value of the top ten exported commodities was $9.7 billion, which increased by 25.1 percent since 2020. The most significant gains were seen in the cereals category, meat category, aircraft and parts category, industrial machinery category, beverages category (ethyl alcohol – ingredient for hand sanitizer and other cleaning products), which increased by $531 million, $460 million, $393 million, 213 million, and 182 million respectively. By contrast, the vehicles and parts category decreased by $86 million, and the special classification provisions category shrunk by $89 million. This latter category includes repaired goods and charitable donations.  

In the five-state region, including Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, the average export value was $10.3 billion, and $2.3 billion less than the Sunflower State. Furthermore, Kansas reached the 2nd-highest export growth rate in the region for 2021, behind only first place (Missouri) by 0.38% and leading third place (Oklahoma) by 5.7%.

Below are some highlights regarding key international markets and commodities:

2021 Kansas Exports Top Ten Markets

Country (with 2020 rank)% of Total
KS Exports
% of Change
2020-2021
Exports (Millions)
2021
Exports (Millions)
2020
Exports (Millions)
2019
1 Mexico (1)21.96%33.22%$2,763$2,074$2,194
2 Canada (2)15.96%19.94%$2,008$1,674$1,928
3 China (4)9.30%62.02%$1,170$722$553
4 Japan (3)8.52%18.76%$1,072$903$1,031
5 Republic Of Korea (5)4.65%39.05%$585$421$395
6 Germany (6)3.81%21.79%$479$394$508
7 United Kingdom (7)2.97%-0.66%$373$376$462
8 Singapore (9)2.55%15.35%$320$278$368
9 Taiwan (10)2.50%21.52%$314$258$250
10 Australia (11)2.49%38.47%$314$227$180
Top 10 Total74.72%28.30%$9,399$7,326$7,869
Total Kansas Exports 20.87%$12,579$10,408$11,663

2021 Kansas Exports Top Ten Commodity Classifications

Commodity Classification% of Total
KS Exports
% Change
2020-2021
Exports (Millions)
2021
Exports (Millions)
2020
Exports (Millions)
2019
Aircraft & Parts16.82%22.82%$2,116$1,723$2,306
Meat And Edible Meat Offal16.39%28.69%$2,062$1,602$1,584
Cereals12.05%53.90%$1,516$985$952
Industrial Machinery9.06%23.02%$1,139$926$1,068
Electric Machinery8.12%19.91%$1,021$851$942
Oil Seeds4.98%-1.17%$627$634$576
Food Industry Residues & Waste2.96%38.66%$372$268$293
Optic & Medical Instruments2.46%-0.48%$309$311$308
Special Classification Provisions2.24%-24.04%$282$372$586
Beverages2.23%183.40%$281$99$3
Top 10 Total77.31%25.14%$9,725$7,771$8,617
Total Kansas Exports 20.87%$12,579$10,408$11,663
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