Slideshow: Top 10 US Exporters of 2012

When the Obama administration in February 2010 announced its National Export Initiative, the U.S. was coming out of one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression. Trade was surging and global container carriers suddenly were flush with billions of dollars in combined profits after losing billions the previous two years. Exports, it seemed, were well on their way to driving the U.S. economy forward.