While Arizona's biggest metro area did not keep pace with comparable markets in exports last year, Tucson was a bright spot.
Exporters in the Tucson area saw significant growth in all major industries in 2012 and totaled $2.5 billion, with the biggest increases in fabricated metal, computer and electronic products manufacturing.
Coming in 30th place, Phoenix had fewer exports than Houston, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City, recently released statistics show. Exports fell in three major manufacturing sectors and showed growth only in transportation equipment with a $153 million increase over 2011.
"In 2012, U.S. companies reached an all-time record of $2.2 trillion in good and services exports, supporting nearly 10 million jobs," Francisco Sanchez, undersecretary of commerce for international trade, said in a statement. "Metropolitan areas across the country play a key role in strengthening our economy and continuing the growth of our exports."
Top Tucson exports
The top four exports from the Tucson area in 2012:
Product 2012 value Annual (millions) increase
Fabricated metal $374.2 24%
Computer/electronic $374.8 10.2%
Electrical equipment $254 5.1%
Machinery $307.5 3.8%
Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce
The Sonora Maquila Association will host its third annual Supplier Expo at the end of the month.
The U.S. Commercial Service, Arizona District Export Council, U.S. Consulate General-Nogales and the Arizona Commerce Authority are organizing a delegation for interested exporters.
The program includes bus transportation to and from Nogales, Sonora.
Exhibitors' fees range from $300 to $600 per booth.
The expo is set for 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30.
Go online to exponogales.org for more information or to register.
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