President Obama announced the National Export Initiative in his 2010 State of the Union address to renew and revitalize our efforts to promote American exports abroad. The President set the goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2015 and Kentucky answered that call with Governor Beshear establishing the Kentucky Export Initiative later that year.
The Obama Administration has since made it a top priority to increase U.S. exports by working to remove trade barriers abroad, help firms and farmers overcome hurdles to entering new markets, and assist with financing. These efforts are paying off and helping to change the way America does business. Now more than at any time in our history, Americans are selling more U.S. goods and services to the 95 percent of consumers who live outside of our borders. In 2012, U.S. exports hit an all-time record of $2.2 trillion and supported 9.8 million jobs.
To learn more about the national effort to increase exports, visit http://trade.gov/nei/