Gov. Jay Nixon announced this week that Missouri exports were $7.5 billion for the first two quarters of the year, a 6 percent increase compared to the same period in 2011, when the state had a record-breaking year.
At the current rate of growth, state officials are predicting roughly $15 billion in exports for the calendar year, compared to the 2011 record of $14.1 billion, according to a news release
“Selling more Missouri-made goods overseas means more jobs here at home,” Nixon said in the release.
Canada, Mexico and China have remained Missouri's top export markets, while the most exported commodities include vehicles, industrial equipment and electric machinery.
Nixon has led recent delegations to increase annual export figures.
In October, the governor and a delegation of more than 60 Missouri business and agricultural leaders visited China, where they reached agreements to export $4.6 million in goods to Chinese customers, increasing the state's export to the country by more than $1 billion during the next three years, the release said.
A trade mission to Brazil
in April led to the state signing its first trade agreement with the state of Sao Paulo, the most populous Brazilian state.