021512 Savannah, GA: River boat pilot Same Meyer climbs off a cargo ship after safely guiding it down the Savannah River Wednesday February 15, 2012. Local pilots board and deboard moving ships several times a day to guide the ships through Savannah River's narrow channel. . Brant Sanderlin bsanderlin@ajc.com
Photo: Brant Sanderlin
Photo: Brant Sanderlin

Moderator’s introduction

Georgia businesses are successfully exporting goods and services to the world, so much so they accounted for a state record in the first half of this year when compared to the same period in 2012. Merchandise exports increased 4 percent, from $17.8 billion to $18.5 billion. Today’s guest writers note the economic importance of the respectable gain.

Guest columnists:

Exports set record by Don Nay

Robust trade in Georgia by Kathe Falls

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