Minnesota exports grew to 5.4 billion, in the first quarter of 2019. Shane Delaney with the Department of Employment and Economic Development(DEED) says this represents growth of 1.5 percent between the first quarters of 2018 and this year.

Canada and Mexico continue to be the state’s two largest market exports.

Optics and medical goods led the list of top exported products followed by: Machinery, electrical equipment, plastics, pharmaceuticals, food products.

DEED says even with an uncertain and challenging trade environment, Minnesota businesses continue to pursue their export strategies, reaching into world markets.