US Exports Hit More Than $175 Billion in November

Washington: The United States exported $177.8 billion in goods and services in November, 2011, according to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the US Commerce Department.

Exports of goods and services over the last twelve months totaled $2.089 trillion, which is 32.64 percent above the level of exports in 2009. Over the last twelve months, exports have been growing at an annualized rate of 15.9 percent when compared to 2009, a pace greater than the 15 percent required to double exports by the end of 2014.

"US exports are an integral part to driving the economy towards recovery," said Fred P. Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. "Ex-Im Bank is linking American companies to the global marketplace so they can expand sales to create or sustain jobs. We must continue to engage our partners in government and the private sector to find new and innovative ways to finance exporting of US goods and services."

Over the last twelve months, among the major export markets (i.e., markets with at least $6 billion in annual imports of US goods), the countries with the largest annualized increase in US goods purchases, when compared to 2009, occurred in:

  • Turkey (45.4 percent)
  • Panama (40.6 percent)
  • Honduras (37.0 percent)
  • Argentina (33.4 percent)
  • Hong Kong (32.9 percent)
  • Peru (30.7 percent)
  • Chile (29.2 percent)
  • Brazil (29.1 percent)
  • South Africa (28.7 percent)
  • Thailand (27.7 percent).

Furthering US export growth, Ex-Im Bank approved more than $4.26 billion in total authorizations in the first quarter of FY 2012. This total includes an estimated $789 million in small business financing and $16.6 million in authorizations to renewable-energy projects. Top industry sectors included aircraft, manufacturing, agriculture, services, and information and communications service providers.