Vehicle exports have reached historic levels in Kentucky. They were up 43 percent through the first nine months of the year. It’s a state record. Gov. Steve Beshear said the state exported more than $3 billion worth of vehicles between January and September and will likely top $4 billion by year's end.
He says it translates into more jobs and a stronger economy for Kentucky. The previous record for vehicle exports was set last year. Beshear said a significant part of the growth is the result of exports to Saudi Arabia, which now is the second largest buyer of Kentucky-made automobiles. Canada remains the top consumer of vehicles produced in Kentucky. Exports of all Kentucky products also are on a record pace, having reached $18.4 billion as of September.