State officials announced this week that Kentucky exported more products and services in 2012 than ever before.
The state exported $22 billion of products and services to 199 nations, according to a news release. That amount grew by 10 percent compared to 2011, and was more than double the average U.S. growth rate of 4.5 percent.
At $4.4 billion, the top category of exports was motor vehicles and parts, according to the statement. It was followed by aerospace products and parts at $3.8 billion and then resin/synthetic rubber at $1.4 billion.
The country receiving the most exports from the state was Canada at $7.3 billion. It was followed by Mexico ($1.7 billion), the United Kingdom ($1.5 billion), Japan ($1.3 billion) and Brazil ($1.15 billion).