Georgia reaches record numbers in international trade

Georgia reached a record increase in both exports and imports for the fourth year in a row, Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state moved up one position in both exports and imports rankings. That makes Georgia the 11th largest exporting state in 2013 and the 8th largest importing state.

“With such diverse geographical representation, Georgia companies can further cultivate business relationships,” Deal said in a press release. “This is another record-breaking year in international trade. I am proud to be governor of a state that is clearly at the forefront of global commerce.”

According to the statistics, more than 90 percent of the state’s total trade was with Asia, Europe and North America. Officials said the diversity of items involved and the amount of the state impacted by trade was of particular note.

“This is a clear indication that Georgia companies are aggressively pursuing international markets and that international companies are looking to Georgia for business,” Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr said. “With our No. 1 business climate, the state continues to provide businesses with access to the right resources, keeping them competitive in the global marketplace.”