POSTED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 5:23pm
UPDATED: Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 12:34pm
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — “The majority of that trade – import/export, is with Mexico," said Port of Brownsville Director Eddie Campirano.
And that's what helped Texas contribute $134.4 billion to the record breaking number of US merchandise exports for the first six months of 2013 - more than any other state.
“Texas leads the nation in waterborne cargo that’s been both imported and exported, so the port of Brownsville is definitely doing its share to contribute to that.”
“If we compare the first six months of this year with the first six months of last year, our exports are up-or are cargo activity is up about 14 percent. Our rail car movement is up about 15 percent, our gasoline through-put that we move by pipeline is up about 26 percent.”
This yearly increase in export activity is expected to continue in the US. But in South Texas, that productivity can be attributed to the manufacturing in Mexico - specifically, the automotive industry.
“They’re becoming, you know obviously one of the major exporters of finished automobiles, not only to this country, but to Europe. Uh, a lot of that is a lot of the cargo we export to support that industry is steel, and so we see that, uh, obviously on the upswing.”
The higher demand of these goods bought by consumers symbolizes a better economy, which also means manufacturing production is also on the rise.
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.