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The value of West Virginia exports exceeded $8.4 billion in 2013, according to figures released from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The 2013 figures export values represent the third highest export value in the state's history. In 2012, the state broke its previous performance records with $11.3 billion in exports.

"The export of $8.4 billion in West Virginia products contributed greatly to our overall economic growth in 2013," said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. "During the past three years, the total value of West Virginia's exports exceeds $28 billion."

West Virginia coal exports in 2013 declined by 40 percent from $74 billion to $4.4 billion, yet remained the state's top export. Non-coal exports grew by $47 million to a value of $3.9 billion. West Virginia companies exported to 144 countries in 2013, up from 136 in 2012.

West Virginia's top 10 export markets in 2013 were: Canada, Netherlands, China, Brazil, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Turkey and India.

The top 10 products from manufacturing sectors were: plastics, machinery, automotive components, chemicals, medical/optical products, aerospace components, aluminum, wood products, rubber products and iron, steel and nickel.