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U.S. Construction Equipment Exports Decline in 2013

Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment dropped 25 percent in 2013

February 26, 2014

According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), exports of U.S.-made construction equipment dropped 25 percent in 2013 compared 2012 for a total $20 billion shipped to global markets. All world regions recorded declines.  

Citing U.S. Commerce Department data, AEM noted:

  • Exports to Europe declined 19 percent for a total $2.6 billion, and dropped 16 percent to Canada for a total $6.8 billion
  • Exports to Asia decreased 33 percent to $2.1 billion
  • Exports to Central America dropped 2 percent to $2.2 billion, with exports to South America declining 22 percent to $3.6 billion
  • Australia/Oceania’s export purchases decreased 66 percent to $1.3 billion, while exports to Africa dropped 13 percent to $1.3 billion

The top export destinations for American-made construction machinery in 2013 by dollar volume: (1) Canada - $6.8 billion, down 16 percent; (2) Mexico - $1.8 billion, down 1 percent; (3) Australia - $1.2 billion, down 68 percent; (4) Chile - $999 million, down 40 percent; (5) Brazil - $890 million, down one-half percent; (6) South Africa - $674 million, down 25 percent; (7) Peru - $638 million, down 18 percent; (8) Belgium - $617 million, down 24 percent; (9) Colombia- $562 million, up 1 percent; (10) Russia - $548 million, down 23 percent; (11) China - $380 million, down 44 percent.               

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