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Exports of Alabama-made autos, aerospace parts rise in tough trade year

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Despite ongoing disruptions in global trade relationships, Alabama’s exports of goods and services totaled $20.7 billion in 2019 as overseas shipments of motor vehicles, auto parts and aerospace products continued to show strength.

The value of Alabama exports last year declined 3 percent from 2018’s total and fell just 4.6 percent shy of the state’s all-time record of $21.7 billion, set in 2017, according to new trade figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Still, Alabama exports have climbed 7 percent from 2015 and nearly 68 percent from 2009.

“Although Alabama exports have shown impressive annual increases and, in a few cases, slight decreases, there has been an overall upward trend in recent years,” Governor Kay Ivey said.

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