Written by Howard Pankratz, The Denver Post
Merchandise exports from Colorado reached a record high in the first half of 2013, according to a report released Thursday by the international Trade Administration.
The Agency said new data shows Colorado Merchandise exports increased by 6 percent in the first half of 2013 compared with the same period of 2012, growing from $4 billion to $4.2 billion - a record high.
"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," said Francisco Sanchez, U.S. undersecretary for international trade. "This data confirms that our efforts to help American businesses compete globally are having an impact right here in Colorado."
Colorado's merchandise export sales in the first half of 2013 out paced the 2012 figures in Brazil, where exports were up 86 percent; Switzerland, up 59 percent; Taiwan, up 42 percent; Malaysia, up 33 percent; and South Korea, up 24 percent.