Alabama exports set another record at $27.4 billion

2023 number eclipses 2022’s, the previous record

Transportation equipment, including automobiles, once again was the top category for Alabama exports. Pictured is the Mercedes EQS SUV, which is made in Vance.

Alabama companies exported goods and services worth over $27.4 billion in 2023, a new annual record.

Exports in 2023 rose 6% from the previous year, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce.

Exports in 2023 included overseas shipments of vehicles, aerospace parts, minerals and metals, according to Commerce data.

“Exporting acts as a fundamental economic pillar that supports growth in Alabama, sparking both new investment and job creation here at home,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “The record-breaking success of our exporters extends the reach of the ‘Made in Alabama’ brand while reflecting the high level of demand for our homegrown products.”

Out of 190 countries where Alabama exports went in 2023, the top five destinations were Germany, Canada, China, Mexico and South Korea.

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“This second consecutive record year for exports really highlights the fact that companies across Alabama continue to provide top-quality goods and services that are sought by customers worldwide,” said Ellen McNair, Alabama Department of Commerce secretary. “Looking forward, the potential for greater export growth is there, and we are already exploring new and expanding markets for Alabama companies.”

Transportation equipment, which includes motor vehicles, ships and aerospace products, remained the state’s No. 1 export category at $14.8 billion. Other categories with more than $1 billion in exports in 2023 were minerals and ores, chemicals and primary metals, according to Commerce data.

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