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Kentucky breaks record for fourth consecutive year in 2018 with $31.76 billion in exported goods

Kentucky exports reached an all-time high for a fourth consecutive year with $31.76 billion in goods and services shipped abroad from the commonwealth in 2018, a 2.9-percent increase from the previous year. “Once again, Kentucky’s record-setting exports highlight the momentous economic progress we have achieved in recent years,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “Our rapidly expanding trade is the result...

Kentucky marks record international growth in 2017; officials visit European executives to further effort

Kentucky’s international growth continues to set records. In addition to last year’s all-time investment mark of $9.2 billion, Kentucky has increased the presence of international companies and broken its export record for the second consecutive year, this time topping the $30 billion mark in the process. In 2017, Kentucky sold more than $30.88 billion worth of products and services internationally,...

Kentucky shatters export record in 2016 with aerospace, motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals leading

Kentucky’s exports broke an all-time record in 2016 with $29.24 billion in goods and services shipped abroad from the Commonwealth, a 5.8-percent increase from 2015, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. Aerospace products and parts led all categories with more than $10.85 billion in goods exported internationally, an increase of more than 24 percent over 2015. Kentucky ranked second nationally for 2016 in...

Kentucky exports among top 10 states for growth in sales of goods, services in first quarter

Strong exports totaling nearly $7 billion in the first quarter of 2016 landed Kentucky among the top 10 states for growth in sales of goods and services across national borders.   Led by aerospace products and parts, automotive components and pharmaceuticals, the January-March numbers pushed 1.2 percent ahead of the same timeframe in 2015. That performance comes amid shrinking U.S. exports.   Export...

Kentucky exports at all-time high; aerospace industry leads growth with $7.8B shipped

Kentucky-made products are being sold around the world at a record pace. The state exported $27.5 billion in 2014, the fourth straight year the previous year’s mark has been broken.   “Kentucky’s impact on the global economy is significant,” said Gov. Steve Beshear in a press release. “The fact that we’ve shattered export records for four years running shows our initiatives to...

Kentucky 2nd in export growth, with vehicles, glass, pharmaceuticals among top categories

With high global demand for Kentucky-made products and services, the state is second in the nation for export growth in the first half of 2013.   Totaling more than $12.1 billion in exports so far, Kentucky’s exports are up 12.6 percent from last year’s midpoint total of $10.8 billion. The state’s growth significantly outpaces the national average of 1 percent for the first half of 2013....