FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 11, 2012
Steve Horning (202-565-3200)
Washington, D.C. — The United States exported $181.3 billion in goods and services in August 2012, according to data released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the U.S. Commerce Department.
I am pleased that U.S. exports remain high, because they are a major contributor to our economic recovery, and help create and sustain jobs across the country, said Export-Import Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg. Going forward, we encourage more American companies to compete in international markets, where 95 percent of the world's customers are located.
Exports of goods and services over the past twelve months totaled $2.173 trillion, which is nearly 37.6 percent above the level of exports in 2009. Over the past twelve months, exports have been growing at an annualized rate of 12.7 percent when compared to 2009.
In June of this year, the U.S. recorded exports of $185.2 billion, an all-time record high.
Among major export markets, the top ten buying countries with the largest annualized increase in purchases of U.S. goods were, when compared to 2009, Panama (34.9 percent), Chile (27.8 percent), Argentina (26.3 percent), Turkey (26.3 percent), Russia (25.7 percent), Hong Kong (25.6 percent), Peru (25.3 percent), United Arab Emirates (21.8 percent), Ecuador (21.6 percent), and Venezuela (20.9 percent).
About Ex-Im Bank:
Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that helps create and maintain U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers. In the past five years (from Fiscal Year 2008), Ex-Im Bank has earned for U.S. taxpayers $1.6 billion above the cost of operations. The Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms, including working capital guarantees, export-credit insurance and financing to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services.
Ex-Im Bank approved $32.7 billion in total authorizations in FY 2011 - an all-time Ex-Im record. This total includes more than $6 billion directly supporting small-business export sales - also an Ex-Im record. Ex-Im Bank's total authorizations are supporting an estimated $41 billion in U.S. export sales and approximately 290,000 American jobs in communities across the country. For more information, visit www.exim.gov.