By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
AP Business Writer
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Exports of goods from Virginia continue to grow and are having a large impact on the state's economy.
Virginia exports increased nearly 6% in 2011 to $18.1 billion, ranking it as the 25th largest exporting state in the U.S. That's according to data from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's international trade office.
Manufactured goods accounted for about 80% of all Virginia merchandise exports in 2011, followed by agricultural exports and mineral fuel and tobacco.
Virginia's top commodity in 2011 was industrial machinery totaling $2.56 billion. Electrical machinery was the second-largest, followed by mineral fuels, plastics, vehicles and parts for aircraft or spacecraft.
For the 15th consecutive year, Canada topped the list of destinations for Virginia exports. China was second on the list and the United Kingdom was third.