Whether you're a longshoreman at the Port of Baltimore or the owner of an electronics company that ships to the United Kingdom, you play a role in Maryland's $12.2 billion international trade market.
Maryland exports supported59,650 jobs in 2014, an increase of 3,802 (6.8 percent) from 2009, theU.S. Department of Commerceannounced this week with the release of itsJobs Supported by State Exports 2014economic brief.
"Maryland companies of all sizes are exploring the benefits of exporting and introducing their world-class products to the 95 percent of consumers living outside U.S. borders," said Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan M. Selig. "The Department of Commerce is dedicated to helping these firms expand their exports while strengthening our economy and supporting jobs in communities across Maryland and our nation."
Maryland exports consisted of transportation equipment, chemicals, computer and electronic products, machinery manufactures, and primary metal manufactures. Leading destinations for goods in 2014 included Canada, Saudi Arabia, China, Egypt and the United Kingdom.
Roughly a third of Maryland's exports, worth nearly $3.8 billion, went to free trade partners, theDepartment of Commerce reports, with significant growth in sales toCanada, Australia, Mexico and Singapore.
Findadditional details and insights on Maryland export datafromMikra Krasniqi, an economist at theMaryland Department of Business and Economic Development.