11 facts you probably didn’t know about Georgia’s International Trade

Did you know that Georgia’s total trade with the world exceeded $121 billion in 2016 and exports alone have increased more than 50 percent over the last decade? As the nation’s 11th largest exporting state, Georgia’s unique position as an international logistics hub makes all the difference for companies looking to sell their product to markets across the globe.

“Georgia Ports moved a record-breaking 33.4 million tons of cargo in FY 2017.”

Here are a few more fun facts you probably didn’t know about Georgia’s international trade…

  1. 1. Georgia’s #1 export is civilian aircraft, engines and parts and the state ranks #5 in the nation for total aerospace exports.
  2. 2. Approximately 90% of the world’s golf carts are made in Georgia.
  3. 3. Georgia leads the country in production of poultry, peanuts, pecans and blueberries and is the #1 exporter of poultry.
  4. 4. Georgia ports moved a record-breaking 33.4 million tons of cargo in fiscal year 2017.
  5. 5. Georgia’s top five trading partners include China, Germany, Mexico, Canada and Korea.
  6. 6. Georgia supplies more than 45% of the world’s carpeting and rugs and more than 85% of the entire U.S. carpet and rug market is produced by mills located within a 65-mile radius of Dalton, GA.
  7. 7. Exports of medical and pharmaceutical equipment to Israel increased by 332% between 2015 and 2016.
  8. 8. Georgia leads the nation in the export of kaolin and accounted for 84% of the nation’s total kaolin exports in 2016.
  9. 9. The Port of Savannah is the nation’s fourth busiest and fastest growing container port in the U.S.
  10. 10. Georgia’s Brunswick Port is the 2nd busiest RoRo (roll-on/roll-off) port in the nation.
  11. 11. GDEcD’s International Trade Team has been recognized twice with the Presidential E-Star Award, the nation’s highest honor for excellence in export programs and services.


Contact our award-winning trade team to learn more about how we can help your Georgia business expand its international sales into new markets. Learn more at Georgia.org/Trade.

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