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Houston Continues to Be the Nation’s Leading Exporter, But of What?

Houston has been the nation’s top exporting metropolitan area since 2012, according to the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. And, in 2014, Texas exports hit an all-time high of $289 billion. Of course, much of the state’s exports flow through the Houston Ship Channel. So what are we exporting? Petroleum and coal products were […]

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Houston has been the nation’s top exporting metropolitan area since 2012, according to the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. And, in 2014, Texas exports hit an all-time high of $289 billion. Of course, much of the state’s exports flow through the Houston Ship Channel. So what are we exporting?

Petroleum and coal products were the state’s biggest export, followed by computers and electronics and then by chemicals, the ITA says.

To learn more about what Houston is exporting and why our export market is so hot, we talk with Steve Recobs, director of the Houston U.S. Export Assistance Center within the Department of Commerce.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. More >