Metro Detroit fourth largest exporter in U.S.

Metro Detroit maintains the region’s standing as the nation’s fourth-largest exporter behind only Houston, New York and Los Angeles. Exports for the region rose 12 percent to $55.4 billion. Machinery and computers/electronics followed auto sales as the region’s top exports, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report released Thursday.

“What it points to is this region is a high-tech manufacturing Goliath. We’re extremely competitive in worldwide markets,” said John Taylor, associate professor of Global Supply Chain Management at the Wayne State University School of Business Administration. Taylor is a nationally recognized expert on supply chain management, transportation policy and logistics.

Canada is one of metro Detroit’s biggest export markets by way of the Detroit-Windsor border, which is busiest international trade crossing between the U.S. and Canada. Other top international export markets include Mexico, Saudi Arabia and China.

Detroit Free Press