“The primary reason is Oklahoma companies are persistent in wanting to be in the marketplace,” Verner said. “They are finding every opportunity to try and continue to grow.”
The state's export growth came with some new trade partners, topped by 110 percent growth to the United Arab Emirates, 79 percent growth to Argentina and 51 percent growth to Singapore. Oklahoma's top trade partners are Canada and Mexico.
The state's top exported products are items associated with the energy and aerospace sectors, Lucas said. However, she said, medical equipment and services are growing export sectors for the state.
The top merchandise categories that showed growth included machinery, transportation equipment, electronic and fabricated metal products and food, according to the International Trade Administration.
Verner said boosting exports makes for healthier businesses.
“One of the most important aspects of exporting is that it helps firms to diversify their portfolios and buffer changes in the domestic economy, and that's good for business,” Verner said.
At a glance
Top destinations for Oklahoma exports, 2011
Top Oklahoma exports, 2011