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Michael Hissam: Texas, EP record on exports to be envied

There are 2 comments on the elpasotimes.com story from Mar 17, 2013, titled Michael Hissam: Texas, EP record on exports to be envied. In it, elpasotimes.com reports that:

Here's a streak the Lone Star state would love to take ad infinitum: Texas led the nation in exports for the 11th year in a row in 2012.

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Fort Davis, TX

#1 Mar 18, 2013
Does that include the contraband drugs?

Querétaro, Mexico

#2 Mar 21, 2013
Here's a streak the Lone Star state would love to take ad infinitum: Texas led the nation in exports for the 11th year in a row in 2012. Texas' exports increased 6 percent in 2012, totaling $265 billion.
To add perspective, U.S. Department of Commerce data show Texas more than $100 billion ahead of runner-up California, with its $161 billion in foreign sales. El Paso exported more than $12 billion in products and services in 2012.
What jumped out from the reports is that El Paso is now ranked as the 26th-largest exporting city, ahead of well-known cities like San Antonio, Cleveland and Phoenix.
But all that represents data; now here is the context.
Robert Queen, director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in El Paso, said not all exports represent similar strength in terms of job growth:
"Exports from El Paso create tremendous job growth because the products produced in El Paso are handled several times before they are exported, which creates several job opportunities. The best example is the metal industry. Raw metal arrives in El Paso in the form of bar, rod, tube, plate and large coils via rail and truck. The raw metal is then machined, slit, stamped, heat-treated, plated, coated and painted before it is shipped to Juárez, where more value is added."
He explained that one piece of metal may be handled by as many as a half-dozen El Paso companies before export."
Honestly I am surprised to know that Texas exports by a wide margin even more than California (which is the Pacific face of the USA). But then, Mexico is the 3rd commercial partner of the USA, and it makes sense.

So, while a few Nazis in this forum translate their hate into some garbage bytes in the hard disk of a server somewhere, some Americans that see reality and oportunities, do become rich and trade with the Mexicans.


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