U.S. exports of agricultural machinery continued to grow in 2011 and ended the first half of the year with a gain of 15%, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
Midyear 2011 exports totaled $5.6 billion, reports the AEM.
The off-road equipment manufacturing trade group consolidates U.S. Commerce Department data with other sources into member global trend reports.
"Exports continue to provide a substantial boost to manufacturers' overall business as producers around the world seek enhance productivity to meet global food needs," says Charlie O'Brien, AEM vice president and agriculture sector leader.
"Export-friendly policies such as free trade agreements help American manufacturers and farmers stay in business, which translates into more jobs for U.S. workers," he adds. "That's a major tenet of our I Make America campaign and its spotlight on the importance of manufacturing to U.S. prosperity."
Among big sales for 2011, South America took delivery of $579 million worth of U.S.-made agricultural equipment, an increase of 56%, and Central America increased its purchases by 9% to total $506 million.
Asia's export purchases gained 13% to $483 million during the first six months of 2011. Exports to Australia/Oceania grew 20%, representing $452 million worth of farm-related equipment,.
Exports to Europe gained 19% to $1.6 billion, and exports to Canada increased 4% for a $1.8 billion total.
U.S. exports to Africa grew 13% for a total of $131 million.
The top-10 export destinations for U.S. farm equipment in order of dollar volume were:
Canada: $1.8 billion
Australia: $423 million
Mexico: $395 million
Germany: $260 million
Brazil: $242 million
France: $185 million
China: $179 million
Ukraine: $159 million
United Kingdom: $145 million
Russia: $124 million
Only China and the United Kingdom recorded declines in levels over year-earlier figures, reports the AEM.