Georgia stands at the crossroads of the Americas with the world’s busiest and most efficient passenger airport, two deep-water ports, and the most extensive surface transportation network in the country. For the fourth consecutive year, Georgia exports reached a record level. More than 14,500 Georgia companies exported $37.6 billion in goods and services to 230 countries and territories in 2013. Georgia became the 11th-largest exporting state, up from 12th in 2012. Georgia imports also experienced a record level in 2013 with imports totaling nearly $75.1 billion in goods, an increase of 4 percent over 2012.
Promoting Georgia in strategic international markets is essential to keep Georgia competitive, and we’re here to help Georgia companies access those markets. GDEcD’s extensive global contacts and nationally recognized international trade services helps hundreds of companies each year expand their business internationally through exports.
In Georgia, we know companies that sell overseas create twice as many jobs as those only selling in the U.S. market. They grow an average of 18 percent faster, and their workforce is typically 10 to 15 percent more productive. International sales volume also helps lower overall production costs and leads to increased profitability. The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) award-winning International Trade Team works with small- and medium-size Georgia companies to enhance their export sales to international markets.
GDEcD’s nationally-recognized International Trade Services help good companies become better companies through exporting. Exporting is not just about increasing profits; it is also about diversifying markets, and gaining a competitive edge through global exposure to new technology, innovations and competition.