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ITA releases new export data

The International Trade Administration (ITA) announced new export data that shows Florida merchandise exports increased 6 percent in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, growing from $31.1 billion to $33.1 billion.

Florida’s first half 2012 merchandise export sales outpaced the 2011 figures for the same period in many top destinations, including United Arab Emirates (up 82 percent), Switzerland (28 percent), Venezuela (22 percent), Peru (14 percent), and Panama (10 percent).  Key merchandise export categories include computer and electronic products, transportation equipment, chemicals, primary metal manufactures, and machinery manufactures.

ITA’s U.S. Commercial Service has entered into a strategic partnership with several partners across the state in which the organizations are working together to increase export awareness among the state’s small and medium-sized businesses.  This includes joint marketing and outreach, co-hosting of trade events and seminars, cross training, and other activities.

Since 2009, ITA has assisted approximately 15,000 U.S. companies record nearly 47,000 export successes. These results supported the 9.7 million Americans employed by export-related jobs in 2011, an increase of 1.2 million jobs since 2009.

For more information on exporting, contact the U.S. Commercial Service in Ft. Lauderdale at 954-356-6643 or Miami 305-526-7425; or visit  Businesses can also order the Basic Guide to Exporting available at

For more information about the impact of exports on individual states, please visit the Office of Trade and Industry Information’s web page at


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