The Lowcountry exported $2.3 billion-worth of goods during 2011, an increase of $179 million compared to 2010, according to data from the International Trade Administration. Key export categories include machinery, transportation equipment and paper, among others.
Published Sept. 19, 2012
Lowcountry exports grew 8.5% between 2010 and 2011, the International Trade Administration announced last week.
The Charleston-North Charleston metro area saw its exports increase by $179 million, pushing total exports to $2.3 billion in 2011. The trade administration highlighted exports of chemicals, computers and electronics, machinery, transportation equipment and paper as key categories.
“These export numbers show that selling internationally has become a much more viable option for many S.C. businesses,” said Phil Minard, manager of the U.S. Commercial Service in Charleston, in a news release. “In many cases, the Internet, ease of transportation, and array of available export services has reduced the distance between exporter and importer to a click on a desktop.”