Texas exported $163 billion in goods in 2009

February 11, 2010
San Antonio Business Journal

Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that Texas has been ranked the country’s No. 1 exporting state in the United States for the eighth consecutive year.

He credited the state’s economic environment — including its low taxes, a favorable regulatory climate and a skilled and educated workforce — for holding that distinction.

“Texas leads the nation in so many positive categories, from Fortune 500 companies to job creation, and we owe it to our citizens to continue our economic success by adhering to our proven fiscal disciplines,” Perry says. “Our principled leadership has created an environment that allows us to compete for jobs, investment and business, and defend the economic climate that has made Texas the top exporting state in the nation for the eighth straight year.”

Texas’ exports totaled more than $163 billion for 2009, with the top export recipients being Mexico, Canada, China, the Netherlands and Korea. These countries imported $56 billion, $13.7 billion, $8.9 billion, $6 billion and $5.3 billion in Texas-manufactured goods, respectively. Texas’ top exporting industries in 2009 were computers and electronics, chemicals, machinery, petroleum and coal, and transportation equipment.

He also credited the Texas Enterprise Fund for helping to attract businesses, jobs and investment to the state. The fund was instrumental in convincing Allstate Insurance Co. to establish a bilingual call center in San Antonio and create up to 600 jobs.

San Antonio and six metropolitan areas in Texas are expected to be among the first to emerge from the recession, according to Moody’s Economy.

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