Automobiles, airplanes helped South Carolina set another record for exports in 2017

The Post & Courier
David Wren
February 14, 2018

South Carolina set its eighth consecutive record for exports in 2017 with $32.2 billion worth of goods leaving the Palmetto State for foreign markets, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The 2017 export total represents a 2.9 percent increase over last year’s previous record and is 28.3 percent higher than five years ago.

“The Palmetto State has a long and rich history in international trade,” Bobby Hitt, the state’s Commerce Secretary, said in a statement. “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.”

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