States construction machinery exports up 15 percent from 2009
Exports of United States-made construction
equipment increased in the second quarter of 2010, and total
construction machinery exports at midyear were $7.4 billion,
a 15 percent gain overall compared to January-June 2009 numbers,
according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).
The AEM off-road equipment manufacturing trade group consolidates
United States Commerce Department data with other sources into
global trend reports for members.
“These numbers are encouraging, especially after the double-digit
declines of last year. With American markets still sluggish,
they underscore the importance of global trade to the construction
equipment industry,” stated Al Cervero, AEM senior vice president.
Exports to Central and South America each gained 14 percent compared
to midyear 2009 – $753 million for Central America and $1.4 billion
for South America. Asia’s export purchases increased 5 percent
to $984 million.
European growth was flat with exports totaling $777 million,
about the same as January-June 2009, and exports to Africa declined
20 percent to $423 million.
Australia/Oceania took delivery of 37 percent more American-made
construction machinery for a total $679 million, and exports
to Canada increased 32 percent and totaled $2.4 billion.
The top destinations for United States construction machinery
exports January-June 2010 were: (1) Canada - $2.4 billion, up
32 percent; (2) Australia - $625 million, up 32 percent; (3)
Mexico - $549 million, up 8 percent; (4) Chile - $462 million,
up 9 percent; (5) Brazil - $376 million, up 74 percent; (6) China
- $242 million, up 15 percent; (7) Colombia - $189 million, up
13 percent; (8) South Africa - $173 million, down 25 percent;
(9) Peru - $168 million, down 5 percent; (10) Belgium - $153
million, down 31 percent.