The amount of merchandise exported from the Peoria metropolitan area increased in 2012. The latest data from the U.S. International Trade Administration ranked the area the 18th largest export market in the country with shipments totaling nearly 18-billion dollars. That’s a 17-percent increase from 2011.
Key export categories included machinery, chemicals, fabricated metals, and electrical and transportation equipment. The Peoria area shipped goods mostly to Canada, Chile, Brazil, Belgium, and Australia.