The largest export of U.S. goods is capital goods, followed by industrial supplies, consumer goods, automobiles, and foods, feeds and beverages.
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“One-third of exported goods are capital goods ($547 billion). The largest sub-category is commercial aircraft ($132 billion). Other capital goods include industrial machines ($57 billion), semiconductors ($50 billion), and telecommunications ($36 billion). Electric apparatus ($44 billion) and medical equipment ($38 billion) are also significant contributors.
“Another third of exported goods is industrial supplies ($531 billion). The largest sub-category is petroleum products ($122 billion). Next are chemical products ($81 billion), fuel oil ($41 billion), and plastic ($37 billion). Non-monetary gold is $19 billion.
“Only 12% of U.S. exported goods are consumer goods ($206 billion). The biggest categories are pharmaceutical preparations ($61 billion), cell phones ($27 billion), and gem diamonds ($20 billion).
“Automobiles contribute 10% of all exported goods. In 2019, that was $162 billion.
“Just 8% of exported goods are foods, feeds, and beverages ($131 billion). The big three are soybeans ($20 billion), meat and poultry ($20 billion), and corn ($9 billion).”