CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia companies' exports to China jumped 36 percent from 2005 to 2006, with chemicals making up the bulk of goods sold, the U.S.-China Business Council said.
Chemicals accounted for $111 million of the $187 million worth of West Virginia's exports to China last year, the trade group said in a study.
West Virginia companies also exported $26 million worth of wood products, followed by transportation equipment, $11 million; primary metal manufacturing, $8 million; and nonmetallic mineral manufacturing, $5 million.
While trade with China was up, Canada was West Virginia's top export market. Companies exported $923 million worth of goods and services to Canada in 2006, followed by Belgium at $313 million and Japan at $269 million.