The Ancient History Encyclopedia states that the Minoans exported materials such as oil, wine and pottery, receiving valuable materials in return as trade. The goods received included ivory from Egypt and copper from Cyprus.
The Minoan civilization was known to have had prowess in seafaring and relationships with outsiders in Egypt and the Near East. The export trade activity in which the Minoans were involved was not the only cultural exchange that occurred. According to the source, Egyptian and Near Eastern cultures and artistic practices were influential with respect to the surviving art of the Minoans. It is not precisely known how the Minoan civilization came to an end, and scholars continue to debate the matter.