By Chris Sholly for Lebanon Daily News
Lebanon County’s merchandise exports increased by 3 percent last year, according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. The new export data shows that local exports totaled $348 million in 2013.
“U.S. companies of all sizes are exploring the possible benefits of exporting and looking beyond our borders to expand their customer base,” Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan M. Selig said in a news release.
Susan Eberly, president of the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corp., noted that the increase in local exports “speaks volumes for our economy and for our local companies.”
These companies also help boost the local economy.
Lebanon County businesses export a variety of products, from processed foods, plastics and rubber products to chemicals, machinery and computers and electronics. Trading partners in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and NAFTA were the leading destinations for Lebanon exports, according to ITA officials.