Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Visualize US exports to China, 2002-2011

The US exported 103.88 billion dollars worth of goods to China in 2011. On top of that list is neither civilian aircrafts, engines and parts, nor semiconductors, as it once was in the early 2000s, but...soybeans (also see here for some recent implications). Indeed, in terms of dollar value, soybeans have been the top US exports to China since 2008, and peaked in 2010 at $10.8 billion. In 2011, the amount slipped a little bit to $10.5 billion, but still took over 10% of the entire worth of exports to China. The next in line under the "Foods, feeds, and beverages" category is Fish and Shellfish, but it only contributed $1.2 billion. Civilian aircrafts, engines and parts came in 2nd overall with a total of $6.5 billion. Cars, semiconductors, and copper ranked 3rd to 5th, respectively. In aggregation, the top 10 exports totaled $49.15 billion, nearly half of the entire worth of exports. Here is an interactive chart that gives you better visualization of the data:

But what about the export pattern for product categories rather than for specific goods? How about their pattern over time? Does each category's relative position change a lot both in dollar terms and percentage-wise or does it remain stable? Not hard to tell if you use the interactive chart below:

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