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Ohio sets state export record of $50.5 billion

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say businesses in Ohio are exporting at a record pace and set a new state record last year.

The Ohio Development Services Agency says state exports in 2013 reached $50.5 billion worth of goods. Exports went to more than 200 countries and territories. The state has a presence in markets that include Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Israel, Japan and Mexico.

Development director David Goodman says Ohio offers businesses the chance to compete globally by not imposing a tax on goods or services sold outside of the state.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1kEPVnX ) that last year was Ohio's third consecutive record-setting year. Transportation equipment was the state's top export product, with 32 percent of total exports. Machinery was next with 14 percent, followed by chemicals at 13 percent.

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