Major industries in the Lucknow are aeronautics, machine tools, distillery chemicals, furniture and Chikan embroidery. Lucknow is among the top 20 cities in India by GDP. Significant export items are marbled products, handicrafts, art pieces, gems, jewelry, textiles, software products, electronics, computers, apparel, brass products, hardware products, silk, glass items, chemicals and leather goods.
Lucknow is also a major center for research and development centers of the Central Institute of Medical and Aromatic Plants, National Milk Grid of the National Dairy Development Board, the National Handloom Development Corporation and U.P. Export Corporation. The economy is growing with contributions from IT, manufacturing, processing and medical/biotechnology. Business-promoting institutions such as the CII and EDII have set up their service centers in the city.
The city has tremendous potential in the handicrafts sector and accounts for 60 percent of total exports from the state. Lucknow has always been known as a multicultural city and grew as a cultural and artistic capital of North India in the 18th and 19th centuries. The major industrial areas in Lucknow are Pologround , Laxminagar , Rau, Bhagirathpura, Shivajinagar, Hatod, Sanwer Road Sector A, etc. Moreover, the cost generally charged for goods transportation from Lucknow starts at 900/-. The prices may vary in accordance with the type, weight, quantity of material and distance to be travelled. The areas nearby are Barabanki, Auraiya, Basti, Deoria, Etawah, Faizabad, Farrukhabad, Fatehpur, Gorakhpur, Hamirpur, Hardoi, Jalaun, Jhansi, Kanpur Nagar, Kanpur Dehat, Kannauj, Kushinagar, Lakhimpur Kheri, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Shahjahanpur, Ramabai Nagar etc.