Tech drives rebound in Oregon exports

Oregon exports are up $3.2 billion since the first quarter of 2009, thanks mostly to computer and electronic products.

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China, Oregon’s biggest foreign customer, bought more high-tech goods this quarter, causing a 26 percent increase of exports–a record $1.16 billion.

Oregon’s exports, particularly in computer and electronic products, exceeded $4.5 billion in the first quarter of 2010, as the state continues to rebound from a low in the first quarter of 2009.

Agricultural sales to Japan are rising again, after a 2008 boom and a 2009 bust. But agricultural exports to South Korea continue a long decline.

Oregon’s China sales are driven by tech companies such as Intel and TriQuint Semiconductor Inc., U.S. Commerce Department officials say.

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