Alabama exports surged to over $25.5 billion in 2022, exporting nearly $10 billion to Germany, China and Canada.
Alabama exports increased 22% from 2021, almost 47% total since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Setting a new annual export record is just another example of the economic success that Alabama is enjoying right now," said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. "Despite turbulence on the national scene, Alabama's economy is really humming on all cylinders and can keep rolling as a bounty of growth projects bring in new jobs and investment."
According to data from the Alabama Department of Commerce, Alabama's exports mainly encompass state-made vehicles, aerospace parts, including aircraft and engines, chemicals, minerals, metals, and paper products.
Alabama's number one export category was transportation equipment, which includes motor vehicles and parts, aerospace products and parts, ships, and more.
Alabama's most profitable trading partners are Germany ($4.3 billion), China: ($3.8 billion), Canada ($3.2 billion), Mexico ($2.8 billion) and Japan: ($1 billion).
China overtook Canada in 2022 as the second largest trading partner, which Canada held in 2021.
"Seeing a new annual export record demonstrates the success of operating and producing in Alabama. Growth in production from exports means job creation for our communities," said the International Trade Director for the Alabama Department of Commerce, Christina Stimpson.
"Export Alabama is here to support Alabama businesses launching into export or expanding to new global markets," she added.
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