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S.C. export sales reach $41.5B in 2019

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South Carolina's export sales set a record for the 10th year in a row last year. (Photo/Patrick Hoff)

South Carolina set a record for total export sales for the 10th year in a row last year, with the state’s exporters selling $41.5 billion in products to 198 countries over the course of 2019.

The sales figure is a 19.7% increase over 2018 and ranks 11th among all states. Texas had the most export sales with $330.5 billion in products sold, according to the Census Bureau.

“South Carolina companies continue to produce top-quality products, and the world has taken notice,” Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said in a news release.

According to the S.C. Commerce Department, South Carolina’s top export markets in 2019 were China, which received 16% of the products sold; Germany, which received 11%; Canada, at 10%; and the United Arab Emirates, at 6%.

Aircraft; vehicles and parts; rubber; plastics; and nuclear reactors, machinery and parts topped the list of export commodities. South Carolina holds 18% of the market share for exported passenger vehicles in the United States and 35% of the market share for tires.

South Carolina sent $19.7 billion of its exports through vessel ports, such as the S.C. Ports Authority, according to the Census Bureau, and $3.9 billion of its exports through airborne carriers.

“South Carolina’s economy is booming, and the news of yet another record-setting year for exports is further confirmation that our global reputation for excellence is hard-earned and well-deserved,” Gov. Henry McMaster said in the release.

Reach Patrick Hoff at 843-849-3144.

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February 19, 2020

Nuclear reactors?

February 19, 2020

Hello, "Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and parts" is a single category in the international commodity description system. That chapter includes a variety of goods, such as engines and air conditioners, that aren't just related to nuclear reactors. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out! Best, Patrick Hoff | 843-849-3144

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