SC exports up more than 21 percent in 2011

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Posted: Feb 28, 2012 12:17 PM
SC exports up more than 21 percent in 2011

The value of South Carolina's exports continues to rise.

Gov. Nikki Haley, the state Commerce Department and the State Ports Authority said Tuesday that the state sold nearly $25 billion in goods to 198 countries around the world last year.

That value is up 21 percent from the previous year and ranked South Carolina 14th in the country.

South Carolina ranked first among states in tires and vehicles sold abroad. Exports of vehicles, the state's top sellers, jumped 52 percent in the last year.

Germany was the top purchaser of South Carolina goods, buying nearly $4 billion in products. Canada bought more than $3.7 billion in South Carolina-made products.