• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • North Carolina: Prospering from Trade


    North Carolina’s congressional delegation has been among the most protectionist in the country. This is odd, considering that record levels of trade are creating well-paid jobs for many citizens of the state.

    North Carolina merchandise exports rose to nearly $29 billion in 2012, up 6 percent over the prior year and setting an export record for the state, according to a recent report by the International Trade Administration. Businesses in North Carolina are engaging international markets, and exports are reaching record levels, creating jobs and increasing economic prosperity.

    The benefits don’t just come from exports. Other forms of international activity also increase economic prosperity. Nearly 200,000 people in North Carolina owe their jobs to foreign direct investment, 40,000 people work at the state’s ports, and 530,000 people work in retail where foreign goods are sold.

    With news of record-high North Carolina exports, now would be a good time for the state’s congressional delegation to learn from its past mistakes and start supporting free trade.

    Drew Ringley is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please click here.

    Posted in Economics [slideshow_deploy]

    Comments are closed.

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.