Coming off from a high in 2017, California continues to maintain the exporting momentum.
California businesses upped their shipping volume 3.2 percent, valuing at $13.7 billion. Exports of agricultural products and raw materials rose 8.2 percent.
Almonds, California's highest export, surged 20 percent since January 2017.
The U.S. Census Bureau said California was the state-of-destination for 18.3 percent of all U.S. merchandise imports in January, with a total value of $37.3 billion, nearly 7 percent higher than January 2017.
Amid the strong start this year, trade experts continued to express concerns about the Trump administration’s support of tariffs on steel and aluminum.
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