Analysis of Southcentral PA Metro Area Exports

August 2015

This report gives a snapshot of southcentral Pennsylvania’s export growth in 2014. Every year when the International Trade Administration releases their “Metropolitan Export Series” data, we summarize the information for our region. This provides a comprehensive analysis of where our region lies in relation to the rest of the State’s exports. The southcentral region of Pennsylvania encompasses seven Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), including Chambersburg-Waynesboro, Gettysburg, Harrisburg-Carlisle, Lancaster, Lebanon, Reading, and York-Hanover.

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Key Findings
  • Since 2005, Pennsylvania’s overall merchandise export sales increased by 80%.
  • Since 2005, the Southcentral PA region’s export sales have increased by 166%.
  • The seven southcentral Pennsylvania metropolitan statistical areas grew their exports by $2.6 billion since 2010, reaching a total of $ 9.1 billion in 2014.
  • Additionally, the southcentral region’s share of total PA exports has increased steadily since 2012, ending with a 22.6% share in 2014.
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle significantly increased to rank 79 out of 386 national metro areas, with $3,052,760,144 in export sales in 2014.
  • The top five international export markets include Canada, Mexico, China, United Kingdom and Netherlands.
  • Pennsylvania’s top five industries for export include chemicals, machinery, transportation equipment, computers and electronics, and metals.