BERC study: Number of exporters in Tennessee grows...

BERC study: Number of exporters in Tennessee grows faster than in U.S.

In 2014, there were 7,326 different exporters in Tennessee, a 2.5 percent increase from 2013 and a 7.4 percent increase from 2010.

The number of Tennessee exporters has grown significantly faster than the total number of American exporters.

Dr. Steven Livingston

Dr. Steven Livingston

These are among the findings of the new “Global Commerce: Tennessee and the International Economy” report by the Business and Economic Research Center in the Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. The report highlights both trends in the location of Tennessee’s exporters and trade trends in Tennessee.BERC Global Commerce logo-horiz

This issue of the award-winning signature BERC publication highlights potential strengths and weaknesses of Tennessee’s trade dynamics within the context of global economic trends.

“The one interesting trend is that the central areas of Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis generally saw declines in the number of exporters, while their immediately surrounding metro areas all saw gains,” said Dr. Steven Livingston, editor of “Global Commerce” and a BERC fellow who has produced the quarterly report since the late 1990s.

Highlights of the report include:

• Number of Tennessee exporters: Up from 2010.
• Rising export zip codes: La Vergne and Morristown.
• Export trend: 0.66 percent growth (10th in the nation).
• Top export sectors: Medical equipment and motor vehicle parts.
• Fastest growing areas: Electric storage battery parts and activated carbon.
• Declining products: Peptones and derivatives and drive axles with differentials.
• Fastest growing markets: Czech Republic and Saudi Arabia..
• Declining markets: Oman and Indonesia.

“’Global Commerce’ is a core BERC product,” said Dr. Murat Arik, director of BERC. “We will continue to build on its excellent tradition and provide an award-winning product for Tennessee manufacturers, exporters, and leaders.”

The complete report can be viewed here.

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This chart shows state and national exporting trends in recent years. (Source: MTSU Business and Economic Research Center)

This chart shows state and national exporting trends in recent years. (Source: MTSU Business and Economic Research Center)