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Construction machinery exports up 15 percent versus ’09

Chinese workers rest during their lunch break at an under construction highway in Tianjin, China, recently. China was the sixth largest importer of construction equipment in the first six months of 2010. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Chinese workers rest during their lunch break at an under construction highway in Tianjin, China, recently. China was the sixth largest importer of construction equipment in the first six months of 2010. (AP File Photo/Andy Wong)

Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment increased in the second quarter of 2010, and total construction machinery exports at midyear were $7.4 billion, a 15-percent gain overall compared to January to June 2009 numbers, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

The AEM off-road equipment manufacturing trade group consolidates U.S. Commerce Dept. data with other sources into global trend reports for members.

The latest data shows a rebound from 2009, when heavy machinery export numbers suffered double-digit declines, according to Al Cervero, AEM senior vice president.

Exports to Central and South America each gained 14 percent compared to midyear 2009 ($753 million for Central America and $1.4 billion for South America). Asia’s export purchases increased 5 percent to $984 million.

European growth was flat with exports totaling $777 million, about the same as January to June 2009, and exports to Africa declined 20 percent to $423 million.?? Australia/Oceania took delivery of 37 percent more American-made construction machinery for a total $679 million, and exports to Canada increased 32 percent to $2.4 billion.

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