SC (WMBF) - Export sales totaled nearly $30 billion in South Carolina in 2014, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Ports Authority.
The Palmetto State was ranked as the top exporter of tires and completed passenger motor vehicles. Passenger vehicles are designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver, according to the SCDMV.
Vehicles accounted for $9.2 billion of South Carolina's export sales, making it the state's top export commodity of 2014.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Palmetto State also led the nation in the export of tires, comprising nearly 30 percent of the total tire export market, according to a news release issued by Gov. Nikki Haley.
Leaders said the future for South Carolina export sales looks promising with scheduled projects in the Lowcountry.
"South Carolina is leading the nation with exports related to the automotive sector," said South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome. "Our 52-foot Harbor Deepening Project in Charleston will facilitate an even greater share of global trade in the years to come as ships become larger and manufacturing grows more robustly within the Southeast region."
With $1.7 billion in total export sales, gas turbines finished behind completed passenger motor vehicles as South Carolina's second most successful export commodity.
Rounding out the state's top four were tires and aircraft, according to the release.
2014 South Carolina export rankings among states:
• Ranked 17th in exports overall
• Ranked as the top Southeastern state for export growth
• Ranked as the top exporter of completed passenger motor vehicles
• Ranked as the top exporter of tires
• Ranked as the top exporter of synthetic staple fibers
• Ranked as the top exporter of ball or roller bearings and parts
• Ranked as the top exporter of lawn mowers
• Ranked 2nd in the export of gas turbines
• Ranked 2nd in the export of kraft paper and paperboard
• Ranked 4th in the export of fuel wood, logs and billets
• Ranked 12th in the export of civilian aircraft
The U.S. Department of Commerce is the data source for South Carolina's export statistics.