Stefan M. Selig is the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.
Today, U.S. businesses are increasingly taking advantage of export opportunities. The data makes it clear. Companies based in the United States that sell their world-class goods to the 96 percent of potential customers who live outside our borders are critical to both the local and national economy. This is evident in today’s release of the 2014 Metropolitan Area Export Overview. The report highlights data on goods exported from U.S. metropolitan areas in 2014. Some of the nation’s most prominent cities are leading in trade and setting new export records.
Metro area exporters are breaking down trade barriers around the world and are expanding their businesses by reaching global markets. Doing so enhances the international competiveness of U.S. firms while also creating more well-paying jobs here at home. U.S. metropolitan area goods exports exceeded $1.44 trillion in 2014, up $36 billion from 2013, and accounted for 89 percent of total U.S. goods exports last year. There were 139 metro areas that registered record goods exports in 2014, and for the first time ever, 161 metropolitan areas each tallied goods exports worth more than $1 billion in 2014.
The energy and excitement metropolitan areas bring throughout the nation is driving creativity and partnerships. U.S. businesses are exporting the quality products of American innovation and hard work to customers across the globe. For example, during the past several years, we have seen a boom in the great city of Houston. For a third consecutive year, the city has ranked number one with total goods exports of $119 billion.
The metropolitan areas of New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Detroit round out the top five metropolitan areas for goods exports. Twenty-nine of the top 50 metropolitan area exporters recorded positive growth in goods exports between 2013 and 2014. Twenty-six of these areas set record export levels last year.
Top 50-ranked metropolitan areas that exhibited particularly high growth in goods exports from 2013 to 2014, included El Paso, Texas (up nearly 40 percent); San Antonio, Texas (nearly 34 percent); Charleston, S.C. (up more than 69 percent); and Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, S.C. (up nearly 25 percent) — each reaching a record for that metro area.
For more information on ITA’s Metropolitan Export Series including a complete methodology and FAQs, visit the Metropolitan Export Series homepage.