In-demand goods like industrial and electrical machinery saw dramatic growth while the state reclaimed the #1 spot for maple syrup exports.
CONCORD, N.H. – According to the U.S. Census Bureau, New Hampshire exports hit record-breaking figures of $6.4 billion last year, a 16.7% increase from 2020, announced the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA). New Hampshire’s top two export sectors driving the growth were industrial machinery and electrical machinery, which includes components used in automobiles, computers, and airplanes. In the food and beverage category, the Granite State’s maple syrup industry ranked first among U.S. states for the first time since 2004.
“We’re proud that New Hampshire companies helped alleviate shortages in the global supply chain in 2021, specifically in essential products like automotive and computer components,” said Taylor Caswell, BEA Commissioner. “And it was great to see New Hampshire’s maple syrup industry take the title of top national maple product exporter. This report showcases impressive growth from companies and industries throughout the state.”
Industrial machinery brought in $1.5 billion in revenue, with electrical machinery at $1.460 billion, up from $1.087 billion in 2020 – a growth of more than 34%. This category includes electronic integrated circuits (IC), a crucial automobile component subject to global shortages. Exports of ICs from New Hampshire increased by 165% from 2020 to 2021 and were valued at $170 million.
Granite State exports of aircraft and aircraft parts also grew following a decline in 2020 due to COVID-19. The sector was valued at $1.123 billion in 2021, a 20.5% increase from the year before. Germany received 56% of aircraft imports, worth $630 million, from New Hampshire.
“With a network of booming industries – particularly in manufacturing components – the state has a strong foundation for success, regardless of the circumstance brought on by the pandemic,” said Adam Boltik, Office of International Commerce program manager. “These figures are a clear representation of how the New Hampshire economy has the ability to bounce back, while also having a national and international influence.”
Overall, New Hampshire’s top export markets last year were Germany ($915.4 million), Canada ($906.3 million), and the United Arab Emirates ($503.7 million).
In addition to increases in maple sugar and syrup exports, valued at $5.8 million and representing 22.5% of all U.S. maple exports, other New Hampshire food and beverage-related sectors, like beer, saw significant growth.
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