U.S. exports are an interesting example in Forecasting. For example, futures in various domestically developed crops are monitored on the stock exchange. According to the Wall Street Journal,"U.S. wheat futures settled at a 12-month low Monday, pressured by uncertainty about export demand and declines in corn prices." The uncertainty in the amount exported can have a serious impact on production and an organization's entire supply chain network. From October 2008 to February 2009 U.S. Exports saw a dramatic decline in conjunction with the global economic decline. Surprisingly, just as countries like China and America had sharp reductions total exports, Australia continued on its ascent and didn't appear to feel an effect on exports until January 2009.
Based on the items below that we exports to our largest international partners, how do you think the U.S. exports effect demand?