HOUSTON - Houston's 29.6 percent growth in merchandise export shipments — from $80.6 billion in 2010 to $104.5 billion in 2011 — helped it keep its ranking as the No. 2 metro area for global trade, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.
Houston still trails the New York metro area by a slim margin and leads the Los Angeles area by a significant amount. New York’s merchandise export shipments totaled $105.1 billion in 2011, up 23.5 percent from $85.1 billion the previous year.
The Houston area also accounted for 52.3 percent of Texas’ merchandise exports in 2011.
Mexico, Canada, Brazil, China and the Netherlands are some of Houston’s top export markets.
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