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Associated Press, Published February 24 2013

North Dakota exports increase by nearly $900 million

BISMARCK — North Dakota exports increased by about $900 million in 2012 led by strong global sales of agricultural and construction machinery and a record volume of crude that was shipped to Canada before returning to the U.S. by pipeline.

Federal Commerce Department statistics show the state's exports totaled $4.2 billion last year. That's up from $3.4 billion in 2011 and $2.5 billion in 2010.

The biggest increase in export value came from oil shipments, which jumped from $741 million in 2011 to $1.3 billion last year.

Data show wheat exports last year were valued at $164 million. That was down 15 percent from 2011.