S.C. merchandise exports reach record $26.1B in 2013

Staff Report
Published Feb. 11, 2014

South Carolina merchandise exports increased 4% in 2013, to a record $26.1 billion from $25.1 billion in 2012, the International Trade Administration announced today.

South Carolina’s strong performance in 2013 helped the United States reach an all-time high for exports of U.S. goods and services, at $2.3 trillion, and supported nearly 10 million American jobs, the federal trade agency said.

“This data shows that more and more South Carolina companies are growing their businesses and strengthening our economy by selling their top-quality goods to consumers around the globe,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “Exports continue to be an important driver for both the U.S. and S.C. economies. This data confirms that President Obama’s call for increasing our exports and ensuring that trade and investment become part of our economy’s DNA is the right course for South Carolina.”

South Carolina’s merchandise export sales in 2013 outpaced the 2012 figures in many top destinations, including Turkey, up 116%; the Dominican Republic, up 66%; Chile, up 53%; China, up 50%; and Argentina, up 38%. Key merchandise export categories include transportation equipment, machinery, chemicals, plastics and paper.

“These export numbers show that S.C. exporters continue to reach out to world markets through an array of available export assistance, including what we at the Department of Commerce provide,” said Dorette Coetsee, director of the U.S. Commercial Service in Columbia. “Many companies are finding new sales opportunities in markets where they haven’t previously done business, and this is helping keep South Carolina’s economy growing and supporting jobs here at home.”

With more than 100 offices across the United States and in American Embassies and Consulates in more than 70 countries, the International Trade Administration’s U.S. Commercial Service connects U.S. companies with international buyers. In 2013, the administration helped U.S. businesses facilitate nearly 15,000 export successes. Companies interested in exporting should contact their local office or visit www.export.gov/Southcarolina.

For more information about the impact of exports on individual states, visit the Trade Policy and Analysis web page.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story listed the incorrect amount for 2013 exports for South Carolina. The correct version of the story appears above.

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