Exports from Ky. on the rise so far this year

Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday that the state

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky exports totaled $12.1 billion midway through the year, a 12 percent increase over the same period last year.

Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday that the state's export growth is significantly outpacing the national average. He said the state is on track to break last year's record $22 billion in exports.

Kentucky companies have exported to 192 countries so far this year, with the top destinations including Canada, Mexico and Britain.

Beshear said only New Hampshire had seen more growth in exports than Kentucky in the first half of the year.

Kentucky has been focused on increasing foreign markets for the state's products. In 2010, Beshear created the Kentucky Export Initiative, streamlining efforts of trade-related agencies and organizations to increase foreign trade.

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