Those exports to China — totaling $31 billion in value so far this year — ranked third behind exports to Mexico ($57.4 billion) and to Canada ($73.1 billion).
The growth in exports to China, 10.5 percent so far this year, represents the greatest increase, by percentage, among exports to the Top-10 importers of U.S. goods in 2013. South Korea ranked second in the measure of growing exports, with U.S. exports up by 9 percent to the seventh largest importer of U.S. goods. Among the Top-10 importers of U.S. goods in 2013, only exports to the United Kingdom were down, by 3.3 percent, so far this year.
The Chinese trade accounted for almost 8 percent of all U.S. exports so far this year — $393.2 billion — according to the U.S. Commerce Department. The Top-10 importers last year, in this order: Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, German, United Kingdom, South Korea, Hong Kong, Brazil, Netherlands.