BMW Retains Export Crown

Export value from South Carolina plant totals $9.6B in 2019

BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg, South Carolina once again can boast leading the nation in automotive exports by value, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The company has held that distinction now for six years.

During 2019, the South Carolina plant exported 246,014 BMW X models with a total export value of approximately $9.6 billion.

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The BMWs produced in South Carolina were exported through the Port of Charleston (nearly 195,000 units), and through five other southeastern ports: Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia; and Jacksonville, Miami and Everglades, Florida. More than 18,000 BMWs also were exported via rail.

“Every day, the Plant Spartanburg team produces five top-selling BMW X models, four Motorsport X models and two plug-in hybrid X models sold in more than 125 countries around the world,” said Knudt Flor, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing.

“In addition to being the largest U.S. automotive exporter by value, our plant continues to be the largest facility in BMW’s global production network. These achievements are significant and clearly reinforce BMW’s ongoing commitment in the United States.”

The plant is on track to produce its five millionth BMW later this year.

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