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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 phoff@scbiznews.com | 843-849-3144

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