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Export Growth is Expanding Along with Detroit Region’s Economy



In 2012, the Detroit region ranked as the fourth largest export market in the U.S., with regional Detroit businesses shipping more than $55 billion in goods and accounting for nearly 73 percent of Michigan’s exports. Exports from the Detroit region have enjoyed double digit growth over the past several years, experiencing growth of more than 12 percent or $5.5 billion over the last two years.

Top export destinations for the Detroit region in 2012 were Mexico ($20.2 billion), Canada ($16.8 billion) and Saudi Arabia ($4.1 billion). Mexico and Canada alone account for more than two-thirds of the Detroit region’s exports. Canada is also the largest trading partner to the U.S. and second largest export market for the Detroit region.

Top products exported from the region were transportation equipment, machinery, except electrical, computer and electronics, and electrical equipment, appliance and components. Leading counties for total exports within the region are Wayne ($27.7 billion), Oakland ($22.0 billion) and Macomb ($4.7 billion). How many trucks does it take to carry all these exports? In 2012, on average, more 11,000 trucks crossed regional Detroit’s borders daily, totally more than 4 million trucks crossing annually. For more Detroit regional data, click here.