North Carolina Exports

A picture of sweet potatoes.
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Europeans, Brits and Canadians are responding to an aggressive campaign marketing sweet potatoes from North Carolina.

"The sweet potato to them is new, it's like an exotic fruit almost, or an exotic vegetable. They don't know a lot about it," said Kelly McIver of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

North Carolina is America's largest producer of sweet potatoes.

NC Exports Up
NC Commerce Department

North Carolina’s export business around the world continues to boom.  Numbers from the U.S. International Trade Administration show merchandise exports jumped by 6% compared to this time last year – up to $14.8 billion.

Jean Davis is the Director of International Trade for the state Commerce Department.  She says excluding a dip in 2008 during the recession, exports have been on the rise for the past decade.

North Carolina is manufacturing, selling and shipping a record number of goods according to latest numbers.  

Leoneda Inge:  Governor Bev Perdue’s office says North Carolina shipped 27-billion dollars in merchandise last year, a record.   It’s eight-percent higher than the year before.  And it’s 60 percent higher than a decade ago.  Derek Chen is the Director of Foreign Operations for the state Commerce Department.  He says the growth is phenomenal.