AEM Sees Gains in U.S. 2010 Machinery Exports

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Milwaukee, Wis., announced that the exports of U.S.-made construction machinery closed out 2010 with a gain of more than 28 percent compared to the previous year, for a total of $16.4 billion worth of equipment sold worldwide.

“Global trade is extremely important to our industry and export sales continue to sustain many companies as we still face a fragile domestic upturn,” said Al Cervero, AEM’s senior vice president. “While these numbers are positive we have to remember they follow a 2009 decline of more than 38 percent.

“It's important to pass the pending free-trade agreements with Colombia, Korea, and Panama to help manufacturers create more U.S. jobs by selling their products to international buyers.”

Export business to Europe gained 23 percent for a total $1.88 billion, and exports to Asia grew 10 percent and totaled $2.2 billion. Construction machinery exports to South America increased 31 percent in 2010 for a total of $3.1 billion; and exports to Central America came in at $1.6 billion, a 24-percent increase.

The largest gain was to Australia/Oceania with a 66-percent increase for a total $1.6 billion. The only decline was to Africa with a 5-percent drop for $934 million worth of purchases. Construction machinery exports to Canada gained 39 percent and totaled $5.1 billion.

The top countries buying the most U.S.-made construction machinery in 2010 were: (1) Canada - $5.1 billion, up 39 percent; (2) Australia - $1.5 billion, up 62 percent; (3) Mexico - $1.2 billion, up 25 percent; (4) Chile - $920 million, up 21 percent; (5) Brazil - $758 million, up 48 percent; (6) Colombia - $588 million, up 50 percent; (7) China - $499 million, up 2 percent; (8) Peru - $437 million, up 37 percent; (9) Belgium - $399 million, up 11 percent; (10) South Africa - $396 million, up 12 percent; (11) Russia - $333 million – up 60 percent; (12) Singapore - $299 million, up 40 percent; (13) Saudi Arabia - $227 million, down 4 percent; (14) Arab Emirates - $197 million, up 38 percent; and (15) Germany - $197 million, up 34 percent.      

The AEM North American-based international trade group consolidates U.S. Commerce Department data with other sources into a quarterly export trends report.