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Alabama exports climb to near record in 2014

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Alabama exports climbed in 2014 to a near-record level, powered by shipments of Alabama-made automobiles to almost 100 countries, as well as rising overseas sales of products such as industrial machines, plastics, and iron and steel.

Alabama’s exports totaled $19.518 billion last year, a gain of nearly 1.2 percent from 2013’s figure, according to data from the U.S. Commerce Department. The 2014 total fell just shy of the state’s annual record for overseas shipments — $19.577 billion, set in 2012.

Alabama-based companies and manufacturing facilities have made significant long-term gains in exporting. Since 2009, Alabama’s exports have risen 57 percent. Over a 10-year period, foreign shipments have advanced 115 percent, figures show.

Alabama-made products were shipped to 194 countries around the world in 2014, highlighting the increasingly global connections of a state that produces a sweeping range of goods from chemicals and metals to aircraft parts and luxury SUVs.

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