Exports of Kentucky-made products and services are up 12.6 percent, to $12.1 billion, for the first six months of the year.
Top export categories include motor vehicles, aerospace products and parts, pharmaceuticals and medicines, basic chemicals, and glass and glass products, according to the state.
The state's growth is second in the nation and significantly outpaces the national average of 1 percent, Gov. Steve Beshear said. Kentucky trails only New Hampshire, Beshear said.