ex·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌek-ˌspȯr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce exportation (audio) , -spər- \

Definition of exportation

: the act of exporting also : a commodity exported

Examples of exportation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the 1952 Dangerous Drug Act, there is a provision that allows for the importation, possession and exportation of cannabis as long as it is authorized by the Malaysian health minister. Lindsey Bartlett, Forbes, 15 June 2021 County officials have also proposed that the Minnesota Legislature move to prohibit bulk water exportation. Star Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 If this priority is maintained, local banks and insurers in African countries should step up their focus on exportation of their services to draw additional capital from operations abroad. Lauren Mchugh Olende, Quartz, 26 Mar. 2021 Jacaranda, a dark rosewood that was a favorite of the midcentury designers, has been logged almost to the point of extinction, and the exportation of it is now highly restricted. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 13 Mar. 2021 The Basel Convention, a 1989 global treaty aimed at regulating the disposal and exportation of waste, will add mixed plastic into its reach of regulated material at the start of 2021. Megan Calfas, Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2020 But economically, the loss of China and countries in Southeast Asia as avenues for exportation presents large challenges, especially for mixed paper and mixed plastic, two materials that don’t have strong domestic markets. Megan Calfas, Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2020 People who aren’t American citizens or permanent residents come under these rules because their access to the technology is considered a form of exportation. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 5 Nov. 2020 Arise also provides assurance that American consumers will hear American voices on the line’s other end, helping to reverse the exportation of call center jobs to places like the Philippines. Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of exportation

1601, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2021

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“Exportation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exportation. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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