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How Does Your Metropolitan Statistical Area Fare in Exporting?
August 24, 2022 Ken Click, Business Development Specialist

For those who are interested in learning more about export trends closer to home, the International Trade Association (ITA) map shows U.S. Census data about annual goods exports by U.S. metropolitan statistical area (MSA). There are nearly 400 MSAs around the country and each one has at least one urbanized area of 50,000 or more inhabitants, according to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Clicking on any color-coded MSA within the map shows the area’s export volume and ranking among all MSAs.

There are tools stemming from the map, including the Top 50 Metropolitan Area Export Tool, Metropolitan Area Export Tool, and Metropolitan Exports by NAICS-4 Industry Tool, which gives users the ability to drill down into a specific MSA and obtain more detailed information. Each tool offers unique features, and some have overlapping features. Across all tools, users can find out the following about an MSA:

  • Total goods exported in USD and an export time series (exports in USD from 2005-2020)
  • Top 5 export markets
  • Top 5 export sectors
  • A tree map of the top 30 sectors by 4-digit NAICS codes
  • A heatmap of the top export counties, based on total goods exported in USD, within the MSA

Wherever your MSA is located, EXIM has regional staff who can assist you. There are 12 EXIM Regional Export Finance Centers located throughout the United States which also house representatives from the U.S. Commercial Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Small Business Administration, to assist U.S. exporters more efficiently. Click here to schedule a consultation with an EXIM trade finance specialist.

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EXIM’s Blog postings are intended to highlight various facets of exporting, but the postings are not legal advice, and are not intended to summarize all legal requirements associated with exporting.