WABE News
1:01 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Another Banner Year for Georgia Exports

For the fourth time in as many years, Georgia sets a new record in international trade.

"Georgia's ports are an important part of that success, they're really hitting on all cylinders," says Dr. Jeff Humphreys, the Director of Economic Forecasting at the University of Georgia.

State exports rose to nearly $36-billion dollars in 2012.  Humphreys says that's up 3.2% compared to the previous year.

As for the products that brought the state the most money last year.....

"Number one was nuclear reactors/boilers/machinery, which is a broad category.  That's followed by aircraft/spacecraft.  Vehicles also show up in our top three," says Kathe Falls, with the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Falls says Georgia's top five export destinations were Canada, China, Mexico, Singapore and Japan respectively.