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Kentucky exports up nearly 6 percent in 2016

Officials said Kentucky shipped $29.2 billion in goods and services abroad last year, an amount that is up nearly 6 percent from 2015.

Gov. Matt Bevin said in a statement this week that aerospace products and parts were the No. 1 item exported by the state, accounting for $10.8 billion in exports. Other top exports include motor vehicles and pharmaceuticals.

The statement said exports increased by a total of $1.6 billion in 2016 over the previous year.

Kentucky's top trade partners were Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Mexico and Brazil.

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