- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia experienced record increases in both exports and imports for the fifth straight year.

Deal said Monday that Georgia saw a 4.9 percent increase in exports and an 11.5 percent increase in imports compared to the last fiscal year.

The U.S. Census Bureau says Georgia held on to its ranking as 11th in the nation in exporting. Deal says the state also moved from the eighth to the seventh largest in importing.

Georgia Economic Development Director Chris Carr says the numbers indicate companies in the state are remaining competitive globally, which helps create jobs and investment opportunities.

Carr says Canada, China, Mexico and the United Kingdom are Georgia’s top four export destinations. The largest percentage increase in exports was in South Korea, Germany, Brazil and Australia.

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