Minnesota set a foreign trade record of $20.6 billion for the second year in a row.
The international port in Duluth has contributed to much of this success, fueling 115,000 jobs just last year. Exports are a large source of revenue for businesses in the Northland as large amounts of manufactured goods and raw materials are shipped out of the city.
These figures support Governor Mark Dayton's Minnesota Global Competitiveness Initiative, designed to facilitate international trade through the state of Minnesota. Measures include the opening of offices in key foreign markets and an increase in grants available to small business looking to tap into international markets.
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