The International Trade Administration today announced that new data shows Washington merchandise exports increased 11 percent in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012, growing from $35.2 billion to $39.0 billion. This was a record high export level for the state.

“This new export data from the first half of 2013 show states across the country have more businesses marketing their products abroad and creating thousands of new jobs in their local communities. This data confirms that our efforts to help American businesses compete globally are having an impact right here in Washington,” said Francisco Sanchez, undersecretary of commerce for International Trade. “The United States is selling more goods and services to the rest of the world than ever before. The International Trade Administration will continue to do everything we can to assist Washington businesses as they increase their exports and create jobs.”

Washington’s merchandise export sales in the first half of 2013 outpaced the 2012 figures in many top destinations, including Qatar (up 234 percent); India (175 percent); Mexico (103 percent); Germany (45 percent); and Russia (44 percent). Key merchandise export categories include transportation equipment; agricultural products; petroleum products; computer and electronic products; and food products.

“Companies across Washington are pursuing export opportunities,” said Diane Mooney, Director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Seattle. “Many more local businesses have the potential to pursue these opportunities as well. The U.S. Commercial Service would like to help businesses realize their export potential and engage in the global marketplace.”