South Carolina export sales top $34 billion in 2018, achieve ninth consecutive record year

Thursday, March 7, 2019 State remains top exporter of tires and completed passenger motor vehicles

COLUMBIA, S.C. – For the ninth consecutive year, the state of South Carolina set a record for total export sales in 2018. Today, Gov. Henry McMaster, the S.C. Department of Commerce and the S.C. Ports Authority announced that the state’s 2018 export sales totaled $34.6 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The figure represents a 7.5 percent increase over the 2017 total.

“We’ve cultivated a globally-connected economy in South Carolina, and last year’s export sales total reflects that,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “Moving forward, we will continue to prioritize the growth of our international trade footprint and will encourage companies of all sizes to expand their reach into new markets overseas.”

To access a full report detailing last year’s trade results, click here.