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Tennessee was one of sixteen states that set a new record for exports in 2013, notching $32.4 billion statewide.

According to international trade figures released by the U.S. Department of Commerce, exports from all 50 states helped contribute to a the record-setting value of goods and services exports, which reached $2.3 trillion in 2013.

In Tennessee, the Nashville metro area represented about 20 percent of Tennessee's total exports in 2013. Nashville had a record-setting $6.4 billion in exports, while Memphis led the state with $11.4 billion in exports.

Canada, Mexico, China, Japan and Belgium are the leading destinations for Nashville exports. Canada, for instance, represents about 27 percent of the state's total merchandise exports.

The state's leading export category is transportation equipment, which accounted for $6.7 billion of the statewide totals. Other key categories including chemicals ($4.8 billion), and computer and electronic products ($4.8 billion).

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