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Deschutes County exports hit record $149 million in 2015

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker released a report Thursday highlighting goods exports from U.S. metro areas for 2015, including a record tally for the Bend-Redmond metro area (Deschutes County).

The International Trade Administration’s 2015 Metropolitan Area Export Overview indicates that goods exports from the Bend-Redmond metro area reached a record $149 million. The county’s goods exports increased by $34 million, or 29.9 percent, from 2014 to 2015, and is one of the 63 metro areas to achieve record export levels last year.

“Exports continue to be a source of growth for the Bend economy,” Pritzker said. “Bend is one of 63 metropolitan areas across our nation that set a record for goods exports last year. The Department of Commerce continues to focus its services on assisting more Bend-based firms sell their ‘Made in America’ products to global consumers, which will support additional growth and good-paying jobs.”

U.S. metropolitan area goods exports exceeded $1.3 trillion in 2015, and accounted for 89 percent of total U.S. goods exports last year. A total of 156 metropolitan areas tallied merchandise exports worth more than $1 billion in 2015.

“The 30 percent increase in goods exports from the Bend-Redmond metro area is an indication that local companies are realizing the benefits of global trade,” said U.S. Commercial Service Oregon Director Scott Goddin.

“We are excited to see that Oregon exporters across the state continue to demonstrate their global competitiveness and the quality of Oregon’s products and services as shipments grow. We are ready to work with new and established companies to increase their international sales and enhance their profitability.”

Bend Metropolitan Area export highlights for 2015:

-One of 63 metro areas to achieve record goods export levels.
-Nearly 24 percent of goods exports went to markets where the United States has trade agreements in force.
-Key merchandise export categories included chemicals; transportation equipment; and computer & electronic products.

In a news release, the Commerce Department said, “The Obama administration is committed to a trade agenda that promotes high-standard, 21st century trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership, which will improve global competitiveness, enhance overall economic growth, and maintain U.S. global economic leadership.

“Current free trade agreement partner markets account for a substantial and growing share of exports for many metropolitan areas, and new trade agreements will increase opportunities for Bend area companies to sell more products to growing markets. “

For more information on exporting, contact the U.S. Commercial Service Export Assistance Center in Portland and visit http://www.export.gov/oregon/.

For more information on the impact of Metropolitan Statistical Areas on U.S. exports, including fact sheets for the top metro areas in 2015, visit http://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/metroreport.

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