Lowcountry exports up 6% in 2012

Staff Report
Published July 15, 2013

The Lowcountry ranked 87th nationwide in exports for 2012, the second-highest ranking for a South Carolina metro area, according to the International Trade Administration.

The federal agency released its rankings for 2012 last week. Nationwide, businesses exported a record $2.2 trillion, which supports 9.8 million jobs, according to the administration.

The Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metro area exported goods valued at $2.4 billion. Greenville-Maudlin-Easley exported goods valued at $12.3 billion, making it the highest-ranking South Carolina metro area. Columbia also exported $1.5 billion in goods, which placed it 121st on the trade administration’s list.

The Lowcountry saw its exports grow 6% compared to 2011, when it exported roughly $2.3 billion.

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