TOP 25 CITIES FOR GLOBAL TRADE - South Texas Alliance for Regional Trade

Sep 3, 2013

If variety is truly the spice of life, a yearly ranking of the top U.S. metro areas by export volume would be a pretty bland dish. In the International Trade Administration’s annual report of the top 50, the 10 or 15 cities registering the highest export volumes are pretty consistent year to year. Not too appetizing, right?

That’s why our ranking, “Top Cities for Global Trade,” takes a different approach. Rather than retrace our steps from last year and offer the complete top 50, we’re taking a closer look at the 25 metro areas that posted the largest export volume increase in 2011.

Frankly, there are still a lot of similarities at the top of the list, but with Houston, Texas, adding nearly $24 billion in exports—a 30 percent increase over its second-place 2010 showing— and New York adding $20 billion to its No.1 total, it’s fair to say the heavy lifters on this list deserve the praise.

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