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The value of exports for an average Tennessee establishment still lags behind the national average.

Recent Trends in the Location of Tennessee's Exporters

The number of Tennessee exporters continues to rise.
by Steven G. Livingston | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 |

In an earlier article we examined the geographical location of the state's exporters. What has changed over the past several years? The number of Tennessee exporters continues to rise. In 2014 the foreign trade division of the Census Bureau identified 7,326 different exporters in Tennessee. That is a 2.5% increase from 2013 and a 7.4% increase from 2010. The number of state exporters has been growing significantly faster than the number of national exporters. In fact, unlike Tennessee, the total number of American exporters actually declined modestly from 2013 to 2014.

The value of exports for an average Tennessee establishment still lags behind the national average, however. Tennessee exporters averaged $4.23 million in the value of their exports in 2014. This is 89.3% of the value of a typical American exporter. Several years ago, this gap appeared to be closing, but that is no longer the case. In 2014, the average Tennessee exporter increased the value of its exports 2.1%, but its national counterpart increased its value by a larger 2.7%.