26 states saw an increase in the amount of products that they export in 2013 across the country, according the US Department of Commerce. Pennsylvania export shipments in 2013 totaled $40.9 billion, an increase over the $38.8 billion total for 2012.
Pennsylvania's largest category for export merchandise is chemicals, at $7.3 billion this accounts for almost 18% of the total money from exports. This is followed by machinery ($4.8B), computer and electronic equipment ($3.9B) and transportation equipment ($3.7B).
Overall, the largest market for US products was Canada, purchasing $11.6 billion. While Mexico was second with $3.4 billion, followed by China who received 2.9 billion in merchandise.
The US total $2.3 trillion in exports, making it a record year and up from the $2.1 trillion in 2012. 16 states experienced a record year for exports in 2013, although PA was not among those states, it was still one of its better years.