Myrtle Beach area merchandise exports reach record high in 2013

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A recent report shows merchandise exports from the Myrtle Beach area are up 34 percent from 2012 to 2013.

The following press release was issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Internaional Trade Administration:

The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA) today announced new export data that shows merchandise exports from the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach metropolitan area totaled a record $367 million, an increase of 34 percent or $93 million from 2012 to 2013.

Key merchandise export categories for the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach metropolitan area in 2013 included chemicals, fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, primary metal manufactures, and computer and electronic products. Trading partners in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and NAFTA were the leading destinations for Myrtle Beach exports.

The Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration works with American businesses of all sizes to identify export opportunities for their products and services to bolster President Obama's National Export Initiative (NEI). A focus of the NEI is helping metropolitan areas identify regional strengths in order to increase their exports, boost the local economy, and create jobs for American workers.

For more information on exporting, contact the U.S. Commercial Service Export Assistance Center in Columbia at (803)397-4590 or visit http://www.export.gov/southcarolina/.

For more information on the impact of Metropolitan Statistical Areas on U.S. exports, including fact sheets for the top 50 exporting MSAs in 2013, visit http://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/metroreport/index.asp.