Pennsylvania was one of 26 states that saw exports in merchandise grow in 2013, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The state’s export shipments totaled $40.9 billion, up from $38.8 billion in 2012.
Canada was the largest market for U.S. exports, totaling $11.6 billion, or 28.3 percent of total merchandise. Mexico was second with $3.4 billion, followed by China at $2.9 billion.
Pennsylvania’s largest merchandise category continues to be chemicals, which accounted for $7.3 billion, or 17.8 percent, of exports last year, according to the report.
That was down from $7.7 billion in 2012.
Other top merchandise exports in Pennsylvania are machinery (except electrical), which totaled $4.8 billion, computer and electronic products ($3.9 billion) and transportation equipment ($3.7 billion).
Data at the metropolitan level were only available for 2012.
For that year, the Lehigh Valley recorded merchandise exports of $2.9 billion, while Berks County totaled $1.7 billion, according to the report.
Overall, 16 states set new records for export sales in 2013. Pennsylvania was not among that group.
The U.S. finished with a record year of $2.3 trillion. In 2012, U.S. merchandise exports totaled $2.2 trillion.
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