According to reports issued by U.S. Department of Commerce, South Carolina once again topped the exports in 2017 with $32.2 billion worth of merchandise departed the Palmetto State for overseas.
Report said that overall 2017 export surged 2.9 percent from last year’s previous record and was 28.3 percent higher than numbers five years ago.
In his statement, the state’s Commerce Secretary, Bobby Hitt said that the Palmetto State has great record in international trade.
South Carolina from one time leader in the export of rice, indigo and cotton the state have now moved to export of diverse group of products, like cars, planes and major domestic items.
More specifically Passenger vans and buses topped South Carolina’s product list last year with nearly one-third of the state’s total export value. German-giant BMW made $8.8 billion of those sums, with 234,253 of its X-model SUVs made in Spartanburg County exported.
All in all, South Carolina tremendously made 16% of all U.S. car exports by dollar value in 2017.
BMW chief of Manufacturing, Knudt Flor said in a statement that its X models made in South Carolinas plant remained key player to the BMW Group’s success.
In the meantime Flor, also contradicted President Donald Trump’s claim that Germany’s auto industry hurts U.S. carmakers. He said following the results that these figures are demonstration that BMW is bolstering America’s workforce and productivity.
Moreover the state of South Carolina is poised to continue the run in the coming year, with Volvo Cars starting production of a S60 sedan remake this summer at its Berkeley County plant.