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West Virginia exports up in 2012

Feb. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The International Trade Administration reports that new data shows West Virginia merchandise exports increased 26 percent in 2012, compared to 2011. That's growth from $9 billion to $11.4 billion, a record high export level for the state.

The United States also reached an all-time record for exports of U.S. goods and services, reaching $2.2 trillion in 2012 and supporting nearly 10 million American jobs, according to an administration press release.

Some of the top destinations for which West Virginia were China, up 127 percent from 2011; Japan, up 69 percent; Korea, up 61 percent; the United Kingdom, up 53 percent; and France, up 51 percent. Key merchandise export categories include minerals and ores; chemicals; transportation equipment; primary metal manufactures; and miscellaneous manufactures.

"These export numbers show that for more and more West Virginia companies, selling internationally is key to growing their businesses and strengthening their bottom line," Francisco Sánchez, U.S. Commerce Under Secretary for International Trade, said in a news release.

For more information, contact the International Trade Administration office in Charleston at 304-347-5123 or visit www.export.gov/WestVirginia.