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Rochester Business Journal
September 20, 2012

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration on Thursday announced new export data that shows the Rochester metropolitan area’s merchandise exports increased by $400 million–7.4 percent from 2010 to 2011–growing from $5.1 billion to $5.5 billion. 
Key merchandise export categories for the Rochester metropolitan area in 2011 included chemicals, computer and electronic products, machinery, food products and manufactured commodities, officials said. Top markets included Canada, China, Mexico, Germany and the United Kingdom.

“Exports are an increasingly important part of the Rochester metro area’s economy as local businesses both big and small continue to look beyond our borders to increase their customer base,” said Francisco Sanchez, Commerce undersecretary for international trade, in a statement. “The growth in exports from the Rochester metro area is helping to support good jobs throughout the region.”
According to international trade figures recently released by the International Trade Administration, 150 U.S. metropolitan areas, nearly 41 percent, exported more than $1 billion in merchandise to the world in 2011.

A total of 308 metropolitan areas, nearly 85 percent of reported MSAs, around the country recorded positive growth in area exports from 2010 to 2011.

“These export numbers show that even in these challenging economic times, area companies continue to enhance their competitiveness and bottom line by making new sales abroad,” said Tim McCall, director of the U.S. Commercial Service in Rochester.

His office can take companies through the process of exporting and help determine which partner or distribution channel is best, McCall added. 
For more information on exporting, visit

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