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Ohio approaching export record
Northeast Ohio is a big contributor with chemical exports
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Northeast Ohio's exports are led by chemicals. Statewide, it's transportation.
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Ohio could set a record for exports this year, and Northeast Ohio is a big part of the growth.

The federal International Trade Administration says the entire state exported more than $25 billion worth of goods in the first half of this year. That’s 3 percent higher than the same time last year.

Susan Whitney is director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Cleveland. She says Greater Cleveland ranks 29th nationally out of 374 metro areas in exports, with chemicals leading the list.

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“Chemicals and machinery, transportation equipment, computers and fabricated metals.  So, unlike the entire state -- where transportation is the No. 1 export -- for Northeast Ohio, chemicals is our leading export.  Solvents, paints, lubricants, chemicals, oils and gas, the chemical category includes a lot.”

Whitney says more area companies, large and small, are starting to export to boost business. The biggest importers of Northeast Ohio products are Germany, Mexico, Japan and Canada. 

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