Dallas/Fort Worth ranks ninth among U.S. metros in the value of goods exported in 2006. New York placed first and Houston second.
According to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the 2006 export rankings:
Computers and electronics dominate the roster of goods shipped out of DFW, accounting for $9.6 billion or 43 per cent of the region’s total. Transportation equipment is second at 15 per cent of the local total.
Canada and Mexico are the top trade partners for the region, receiving $3.5 and $3 billion worth of local goods. China ranks third, at $1.4 billion.
Asia’s 27 nations are the leading destination for DFW exports, claiming a combined total of $8 billion of merchandise. The NAFTA countries of Canada and Mexico rank second at $6.5 and Europe is third with nearly $4 billion of shipments from the metroplex.
Chamber chief economist Lyssa Jenkens says, “Dallas/Fort Worth is just beginning to display its prowess in international trade as high-value merchandise shifts from shipping vessels to air cargo. This is a new strength for our region and one we are closely watching.”