Total US exports are actually at higher levels now than before the recession and have been in a clear uptrend (with the exception of recessions) for the last 40 years. Let's take a closer look at the data.
The chart above shows the last 5 years of data, and we see clearly that exports have overtaken previous levels and are now near all time highs.
And here are two charts which show what we export:
Here is a list of the information in graphic form:
|Civilian aircraft, engines, equipment, and parts||80,172,454,470.00|
|Petroleum products, other||54,237,010,317.00|
|Other parts and accessories of vehicles||47,365,339,805.00|
|Passenger cars, new and used||47,354,593,365.00|
|Industrial machines, other||45,246,225,629.00|
|Minimum value shipments||30,028,425,150.00|
|Measuring, testing, control instruments||23,742,788,374.00|
|Other industrial supplies||