TN Exports Down 6.6% From 2018

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(MURFREESBORO) Tennessee's exports fell by more than $500 million for the third quarter compared to the same period last year, a 6.6% loss, according to the latest "Global Commerce" trade report from MTSU's Business and Economic Research Center.

"It was a disappointing showing, with the state ranked only 37th among all 50 in its export performance. This was despite another surge in medical-related shipments," said Global Commerce author Steven Livingston, BERC associate director and a professor of political science and international relations at MTSU.

"Most of the losses were close to home, with Canada and Mexico each reducing their Tennessee imports by $200 million. State exporters continue to face strong headwinds in the form of declining auto sales, low global growth, and the ongoing trade wars."

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Livingston noted that Tennessee's export drop from the previous year was "substantially larger" than 1.7% drop experienced nationally.

To read the full report and more detailed summaries, go to https://mtsu.edu/globalcommerce/reports/profile/23.

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