If you saw the press release from the U.S. Department of Commerce on exports Wednesday, you would think the Bridgeport-Stamford metro area had a great year in 2013 — $11.1 billion in shipments to foreign countries.
That would rank Bridgeport-Stamford at No. 30 among all U.S. metro areas, with a hefty 7 percent growth from 2012.
Metro Hartford also appears to rank high in exports, with $10.2 billion in shipments in 2013, up 4.9 percent, earning it the No. 33 spot in the nation.
And what was the top export in Bridgeport-Stamford? Crops, by far, at $2.8 billion, followed by chemicals at $1.9 billion. Oil and gas added $769 million to the total.