27/08/2013 - 13:20 pm

AEM Reports U.S. Construction Machinery Exports Down 21% | Industry News

In industry news, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) reports that U.S. construction machinery exports decreased 21% in 2013's first half, with just $10.8 billion shipped to global markets versus 2012 midyear number of $13.7 billion. The U.S. shared this double digit decline with most of the world's regions excluding Central America that had a double-digit gain.

For construction equipment exports for the first half of 2013, compared with midyear 2012:

  • Exports to Europe declined 20% for a total $1.4 billion, and dropped 15% to Canada for a total $3.7 billion.
  • Exports to Asia decreased 24% to $1.2 billion.
  • Exports to Central America gained 15% to $1.2 billion, with exports to South America dropping 13% to $1.9 billion. 
  • Australia/Oceania’s export purchases decreased 62% to $750 million, while Africa took delivery of $654 million worth of construction equipment, a 20% drop.

The top countries buying the most U.S.-made construction machinery during the first half of 2013 were

  1. Canada – $3.7 billion, down 15%
  2. Mexico – $1 billion, up 18%
  3. Australia – $715 million, down 63%
  4. Brazil – $513 million, up 17%
  5. Chile – $475 million, down 38%
  6. Colombia – $333 million, up 13%
  7. Belgium – $330 million, down 18%
  8. Peru – $329 million, down 9%
  9. South Africa- $316 million, down 36%
  10. Russia – $269 million, down 34%
  11. China – $243 million, down 38% 


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