The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) announced new export data this week that shows merchandise exports from the Chicago metropolitan area totaled a record $44.9 billion, an increase of 11 percent or $4.3 billion from 2012 to 2013. This growth helped Chicago to remain a top metropolitan area for exports in 2013. Key merchandise export categories for the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metropolitan area in 2013 included chemicals, computer and electronic products, transportation equipment, petroleum and coal products, and machinery. Canada, Mexico, China, Germany, and Japan were the leading destinations for Chicago exports.
“The Department of Commerce is dedicated to assisting U.S. firms meet the needs of global consumers while strengthening our economy and supporting jobs throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and our nation,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan M. Selig. “U.S. companies of all sizes are exploring the possible benefits of exporting, and looking beyond our borders to expand their customer base.”
“The vast majority of Illinois exporters are small and medium-sized firms who are reaching new heights with their export success,” said Megan Schildgen., Acting Director of the U.S. Commercial Service in Chicago. “We work with hundreds of business clients each year, and many firms soon discover their export potential is much greater than originally thought.”
For more information on the impact of Metropolitan Statistical Areas on U.S. exports, including fact sheets for the top 50 exporting MSAs in 2013, visit http://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/metroreport/index.asp.
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