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Harrisburg-Carlisle area increases exports by $22M

Goods exports from the Harrisburg-Carlisle metro area totaled $3.1 billion in 2014, an increase of $22 million over 2013.

For the Harrisburg area, it was the fifth consecutive year of increased exports, according to the International Trade Administration’s “2014 Metropolitan Area Export Overview.” Harrisburg was also one of 139 metro areas nationally to achieve record goods exports.

“The Department of Commerce is committed to assisting companies throughout the Harrisburg metropolitan area compete globally by helping them begin or expand their exporting operations,” Stefan M. Selig, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, said in a news release. “These efforts are important to strengthening both the local and national economy, and creating well-paying jobs here at home.”

Nationally, metropolitan area goods exports surpassed $1.44 trillion in 2014, up from $36 billion in 2013, according to the report.

Major export categories for Harrisburg included computer and electronic products, machinery, electrical equipment and components, processed foods, and chemicals, according to a news release. Nearly 61 percent of the exports went to markets where the U.S. has trade agreements.

Amy Gulli
Amy Gulli is the managing editor of the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a question or tip for her? Email her at [email protected].

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