International Section
April 2014 Issue
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Export Data Report Shows Significant Post-Initiative Increases

America’s cities have seen a substantial increase in international trade since the inception of the National Export Initiative in 2010, according to a report from the International Trade Administration (ITA).

Data report shows that exports from 308 metropolitan areas nationwide increased 39.5 percent through 2011. The top 11 metropolitan statistical areas exported more than $25 million each in merchandise. Another 20 MSAs hit the $20 billion mark, and 150 metro areas exported at least $1 billion.

Metropolitan area exports were highest to our North American Free Trade Agreement partners (NAFTA), Canada and Mexico, with U.S. trade to Mexico seeing a significant 21.6 percent increase in 2011. Among metropolitan areas, Detroit represented the largest exporter to both Canada, with 7.4 percent of all U.S. exports to our northern neighbor, and to Mexico, with 10 percent of all exports.

The report offers a complete listing of the Top 50 Metropolitan Area Exporters in 2011, as well as fact sheets breaking down the details about top export sectors and receiving countries.

Key Points:

  • 308 Metropolitan Statistical Areas reported positive export growth in 2011.
  • 11 top MSAs reported more than $25 million in exports worldwide.
  • Detroit is the leader in exporting to our two biggest trade partners, Mexico and Canada.

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