State leads the nation as top exporter of tires and completed passenger motor vehicles

February 14, 2022

S.C. export sales topped $29.7 billion in 2021 

Gov. Henry McMaster, the S.C. Department of Commerce and the SC Ports Authority today announced that the state’s 2021 export sales totaled $29.7 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The state remains the top exporter of tires and completed passenger motor vehicles.

“International trade plays an incredibly important role in sustained economic prosperity, and South Carolina consistently demonstrates our ability to move products around the world,” said Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III. “As industries transform, we are poised to prioritize our support – promoting resources to best equip companies in maximizing their reach overseas.”

To access a full report detailing last year’s trade results, click here.


About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. For more information, visit