By Jerry UnderwoodMade in Alabama
Alabama exports rose to a record level in 2016, topping $20 billion for the first time on gains from overseas shipments of Alabama-made products such as transportation equipment, chemicals and paper products.
Figures from the U.S. Commerce Department show that Alabama exports totaled $20.55 billion last year, an increase of 6.4 percent from 2015’s results. That exceeds the state’s previous annual export record of $19.58 billion, set in 2012.
“The increases in these numbers show Alabama companies are prospering in the global economy. These exports continue to be powerful growth engines for our state by supporting their communities through job creation,” Gov. Robert Bentley said.“We will continue to support Alabama businesses as they grow to reach new markets and new customers because when businesses succeed, Alabama succeeds.”
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