South Carolina Export Sales Top $32 Billion in 2017

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For the eighth consecutive year, the State of South Carolina set a record for total export sales. The state’s 2017 export sales totaled $32.2 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The figure represents a 2.9 percent increase over the 2016 total.

“The Palmetto State has a long and rich history in international trade,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “One time a leader in the export of rice, indigo and cotton, we now export a more diverse group of products, including complex items, such as cars, planes and major household appliances. Moving forward, the continued growth and diversification of our trade activity will be critical.”

To access a full report detailing last year’s trade results, click here.

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