US biggest export is air

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The US has exported more empty shipping containers this year than any single good, according to a MarketWatch report. Surging US import rates incentivized carriers to skip American-made exports and hurry back to Asia resulting in US agriculture exports dropping by 22% in 2021, increasing the US trade deficit to record highs of over $81 billion in September.  In the first 10 months of the year, over 59% of shipping containers that left the nation’s 9 largest ports were empty, according to data collected by MarketWatch. The publication found that the US exported about 12.1 million empty shipping containers from January to October of this year.

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