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    Cleveland Exports Continue to Grow

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Exports from Cleveland grew again last year to top $11 billion in value, helping to grow and sustain thousands of jobs in Ohio, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Wednesday.
     
    Ohio ranked No. 9 among states for the number of jobs supported by exports -- about 260,000 jobs -- and Cleveland accounted for 22 percent of Ohio's export trade, the highest margin in the state.
     
    The export census did not assess the impact of the Cleveland-Europe Express, which began sailing only this spring. The liner service, which offers regularly scheduled cargo runs between the Port of Cleveland and northern Europe, was designed to make it easier for Ohio manufacturers to export. Its impact is expected to show up in next year's totals.
     
    Even without the ship, the region saw increasing sales to world markets. The value of goods and services exported from the Cleveland-Elyria metro area has grown by 28 percent since 2009 to reach $11.1 billion in 2013, according to the data released.
     
    "That's a nice steady increase," said Sue Whitney, director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Cleveland, which works to identify export opportunities for President Obama's National Export Initiative.
     
    Cleveland ranks 29th among the nation's top export cities.
     
    Merchandise can be exported by ship, plane, rail or truck. To tally exports, the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration looks at where the product originated, which is typically the manufacturing plant, Whitney said.
     
    The largest categories of goods exported from Cleveland in 2013 were chemicals, machinery, transportation equipment, fabricated metal products, and computer and electronic products, the ITA reported. Most of the made-in-Cleveland products were headed to Canada, Mexico, China, Germany and France.
     
    If a company has a good track record of selling throughout the United States, Whitney said, it likely can "make the leap" to selling abroad. For guidance, call her office at 216-522-4755.
     
    When in China, do as the Chinese do
     
    For companies and individuals hoping to tap the Chinese market, the Cleveland Public Library is offering a free primer on Chinese business culture this fall.
     
    Taught by visiting Professor Zuwei Li, of Hubei University of Technology in Hubei, China, the Chinese Business for Beginners class will cover overcoming language barriers, basic vocabulary, socializing, and establishing and maintaining relationships with Chinese clients.
     
    It meets at noon on select Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 8 to Nov. 17 in the Foreign Literature Department on the fourth floor of the downtown library. For more information and to register, call the library at 216-623-2835 or the Confucius Institute at 216-523-7127.

    Article sourced from Cleveland.com