Cell phones, related equipment

U.S. imports of Cell phones, related equipment increased 8 percent through December to $111.99 billion

U.S. imports of Cell phones, related equipment increased 8 percent from $103.97 billion to $111.99 billion in 2017 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked No. 3 through December among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 2 for the last full year, with a total value of $103.97 billion, a $2.38 billion, 2 percent increase over the 2015 total.

Through December of this year, the top five sources of U.S. imports in this category were No. 1 China, No. 2 Mexico, No. 3 South Korea, No. 4 Vietnam and No. 5 Malaysia. The top five Customs districts from which the imports entered the U.S. through December were No. 1 Chicago, No. 2 Dallas, No. 3 Laredo, No. 4 Los Angeles and No. 5 New Orleans.

In the last previous full year, the top five markets for U.S. imports of Cell phones, related equipment were No. 1 China, No. 2 Mexico, No. 3 South Korea, No. 4 Vietnam and No. 5 Malaysia. In the same time period, the top five Customs districts for imports were No. 1 Chicago, No. 2 Dallas, No. 3 Laredo, No. 4 Los Angeles and No. 5 New Orleans.

January – December 2017

Top Countries

Rank Country Total YTD
1 China $71,701,159,258
2 Mexico $11,016,005,443
3 South Korea $6,159,150,792
4 Vietnam $5,383,411,185
5 Malaysia $5,359,978,021
6 Thailand $3,537,798,008
7 Taiwan $2,606,004,346
8 Canada $769,675,104
9 Japan $714,600,759
10 Austria $510,175,202

January – December 2017

Top Districts

Rank District Total YTD
1 Chicago $32,318,542,337
2 Dallas $17,195,715,170
3 Laredo $10,256,177,908
4 Los Angeles $9,574,829,702
5 New Orleans $8,042,522,892
6 Cleveland $5,910,853,631
7 El Paso $5,277,279,164
8 San Francisco $5,257,099,424
9 New York City $4,492,660,228
10 Miami $2,715,845,651

Highlights for the top five foreign markets:

  • U.S. imports from No. 1 China increased $11.51 billion, 19.12 percent. Of the total, 64.03 percent arrived from China.
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Mexico decreased $1.83 billion, 14.27 percent. Of the total, 9.84 percent arrived from Mexico.
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 South Korea decreased $847.61 million, 12.1 percent. Of the total, 5.5 percent arrived from South Korea.
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Vietnam decreased $391.13 million, 6.77 percent. Of the total, 4.81 percent arrived from Vietnam.
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 Malaysia decreased $414.29 million, 7.17 percent. Of the total, 4.79 percent arrived from Malaysia.

All totaled, 89 percent of all these Cell phones, related equipment imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through December of this year. That is equal to $99.62 billion of the $111.99 billion total.

Highlights for the top five Customs districts:

  • US imports to No. 1 Chicago increased $4.19 billion, 14.88 percent. Of the total, 28.86 percent shipped to Chicago.
  • US imports to No. 2 Dallas increased $818.62 million, 5 percent. Of the total, 15.35 percent shipped to Dallas.
  • US imports to No. 3 Laredo decreased $161.42 million, 1.55 percent. Of the total, 9.16 percent shipped to Laredo.
  • US imports to No. 4 Los Angeles increased $1.42 billion, 17.41 percent. Of the total, 8.55 percent shipped to Los Angeles.
  • US imports to No. 5 New Orleans increased $525.25 million, 6.99 percent. Of the total, 7.18 percent shipped to New Orleans.

All totaled 69 percent of all these Cell phones, related equipment imports to the United States entered at the top five Customs districts through December of this year. That is equal to $77.39 billion of the $111.99 billion total.