Washington— Sixteen U.S. states, including Michigan, set records for total exports in 2013.
Michigan exported $58.5 billion worth of goods in 2013. That’s up from the $57 billion exported in 2012, and exceeded the $32.7 billion in 2009.
About $25.9 billion in exports were sent to Canada last year, making it the largest single market. Canada was followed by Mexico ($12.2 billion in exports), China ($4.2 billion), Germany ($1.7 billion) and Japan ($1.4 billion). About half of the Michigan exports were transportation-related. Most involved the auto industry.
Overall, the U.S. set a record for total exports at $2.3 trillion in 2013.
“These export numbers show that for more and more American companies, selling internationally is critical to growing their businesses and strengthening our economy,” said Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. “We know for a fact, that for every $1 billion in exports nearly 5,000 jobs are supported across our nation, and with more than 95 percent of the world’s potential consumers residing outside our borders, exports will continue to be an important driver of the local and national economy.”
The Commerce Department said that with the 20 nations for which the U.S. has free-trade agreements, Michigan exports have grown by 52 percent over the last 10 years. Those countries account for $41.6 billion (71 percent) of Michigan’s exports.
Most of Michigan’s exports, $55.4 billion, came from the Detroit-Warren-Livonia area.