Firms in Yorkshire and the Humber experienced an increase in export levels over the last 12 months of three per cent with goods and services worth £17.9bn having been sent overseas.
Sub-Saharan Africa proved to be the main driver for the increase in exports from the region, growing by 33 per cent to £745m, a faster rate than any destination worldwide for exports from Yorkshire.
The region’s exports to North America also rose, hitting a new peak of £2.13bn. In the year to June 2019, the total value of UK goods exports increased by 3.3 per cent compared with 2018, rising to £344bn.
Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, said: “Opening up new markets for British businesses across the country is a top priority of mine, and today's statistics show businesses are benefiting more than ever from global trade.
"Having today launched a new online market access tool to helps business voice barriers to international trade, my department is committed to ensuring businesses are able to fully grasp the opportunities from global trade as we leave the EU.”