Oklahoma – The State of Success

Vol1 iss4 2015

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O K L A H O M A – T H E S T A T E O F S U C C E S S 27 O K L A H O M A E X P O R T S xports from Oklahoma's businesses are increasingly important to the state's fscal growth. According to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma's export shipments of merchandise have grown 40 percent since 2009, totaling almost $6.3 billion in 2014, involving some 3,150 Oklahoma-based companies. Canada, Mexico and Japan are the top three export markets, followed by China and Singapore. These exports from the state supported more than 36,000 jobs, so it's easy to see the rapidly expanding role exports play in the state's economic well-being. By Land, Sea and Air These exports fnd their way to their ultimate destinations through a variety of modes. Despite Oklahoma's location hundreds of miles from a seaport, transportation via barge plays a pivotal role. The Tulsa Port of Catoosa, one of the largest inland ports in the country, provides effcient and economical shipping on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System to the Mississippi River, to New Orleans and on to many world markets. A key advantage of the Port is its central location and its proximity to major domestic markets. The Port is only seven miles from Tulsa International Airport, which makes air shipments readily available. With Interstate highway access, the metro areas of Dallas, St. Louis and Kansas City are only a few hours' drive away, with Houston, Chicago and Denver just a day's drive away. Even points as distant as Southern Canada and Central Mexico are less than two days' drive away. ┓ Beyond US Borders ┛ Exports from Oklahoma reach farther than ever before. b y D O U G E A T O N E Image cour tesy iStock.com

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