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Minnesota exports reach $21-billion in 2017

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ST. PAUL, MN -

Minnesota's exports jumped eight percent from 2016, according to new information released by DEED on Tuesday.

Exported goods include mining, agriculture, and manufactured goods.

Ores, slag, and ash rounded out the top ten exports, with $344-million, up 175%, and was driven by major growth in Canada and Japan.

DEED says Canada was the state's largest national export market in 2017, making up $4.3-billion in sales, or 5%, with exports to North America up another 5%, to $6.7-billion. 

U.S. exports saw a 7% increase during the same time period. 

DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy says after suffering losses in 2016, companies have bounced back by exporting more than 1,000 products to more than 200 countries. 

Optic and other medical instruments were the top exported product in 2017, with sales of $3.8-billion, an increase of 8%. 

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