FILE - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday the state’s exports and global trade totals in 2019 set a record, eclipsing 2018’s mark.

Georgia tallied $41.2 billion in exports and $143.3 billion in overall international trade, the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Global Trade Summary said. The totals represented a 2.87 percent increase over 2018 in international trade and a 1.5 percent increase in exports.

The international trade value has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, according to the summary.

“This exciting news for Georgia exports affirms what we know to be true: you can truly make anything and send it anywhere in the world from right here in Georgia,” Kemp said in a news release. “Our state’s top-notch logistics network and services are customized across all industry sectors and regions, and hardworking Georgians continue to create products in demand across the globe."

Georgia businesses exported goods to 214 countries and territories in 2019. The top-five customers for Georgia products remained Canada, Mexico, Germany, China and Singapore.

More than $4.2 billion of Georgia’s exports came from Georgia’s agriculture industry. Poultry, cotton, and peanuts remain top sellers. The top-five exported products were civilian aircraft ($8.7 billion), motor vehicles ($1.9 billion), gas turbine parts ($1.5 billion), chemical wood pulp ($1.2 billion) and medical equipment ($1 billion).

Georgia maintains representation in 12 markets: Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Europe, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru and the United Kingdom. About two-thirds of Georgia trade involves markets where the state has representation, the summary said.

“In any given year, the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s International Trade Division works with more than 2,000 companies across the state to ensure their products reach the right markets for success,” Georgia Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson said. “Our network of 12 international offices are boots on the ground to help connect our small and large businesses with international customers, and I’m extremely proud that the hard work of our dedicated employees continues to make a difference for our state.”

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