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WASHINGTON – The International Trade Administration (ITA) today announced that new data show Mississippi merchandise exports increased 4.9 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, growing from $11.8 billion to $12.4 billion. This was a record high export level for the state. Mississippi’s strong performance in 2013 helped the United States reach an all-time record for exports of U.S. goods and services, reaching $2.3 trillion in 2013 and supporting nearly 10 million American jobs.

“This data shows that more and more Mississippi companies are growing their businesses and strengthening our economy by selling their top-quality goods to consumers around the globe,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “Exports continue to be an important driver for both the U.S. and Mississippi economies. This data confirms that President Obama’s call for increasing our exports and ensuring that trade and investment become part of our economy’s DNA is the right course for Mississippi.”

Mississippi’s merchandise export sales in 2013 outpaced the 2012 figures in many top destinations, including: Nigeria (+1204 percent); Singapore (+153 percent); Australia (+117 percent); the Netherlands (+96 percent); and Turkey (+73 percent). Key merchandise export categories include: petroleum products; chemicals; transportation equipment; computer and electronic products; and paper.

“Big export sales means more revenue which translate into economic growth and jobs for the Mississippi,” said Carol Moore, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service in Jackson. “There is a great potential for more exporting—particularly among smaller businesses that have yet to sell abroad. Our office is ready to help your business explore opportunities in new markets.”

With more than 100 offices across the United States and in American Embassies and Consulates in more than 70 countries, ITA’s U.S. Commercial Service connects U.S. companies with international buyers. In 2013, ITA helped U.S. businesses facilitate nearly 15,000 export successes. Companies interested in exporting should contact their local office in Jackson at (601) 373-0959 or visit www.export.gov/Mississippi.

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