Top Trading Partners

Total Trade: $137.84 billion

Rank District Total YTD
1 Los Angeles $36,110,057,965
2 Chicago $15,084,315,428
3 New York City $11,708,670,276
4 New Orleans $9,740,462,991
5 Atlanta/Savannah $7,892,302,631
6 San Francisco $6,695,824,975
7 Cleveland $6,278,379,326
8 Seattle $6,159,613,844
9 Dallas $5,122,693,919
10 Houston $4,269,723,378

January – March 2017

Top U.S. Trading Partners

Total U.S. trade: $922.69 billion

Rank Country Total YTD
1 Canada $140,575,416,114
2 China $137,839,980,393
3 Mexico $134,148,074,484
4 Japan $49,453,426,109
5 Germany $40,476,060,190
6 South Korea $28,735,528,247
7 United Kingdom $26,004,177,797
8 France $19,698,963,851
9 India $17,165,464,920
10 Taiwan $16,316,214,098

China’s trade rose to $137.84 billion through March

China’s trade with the United States rose 7.38 percent, from $128.37 billion to $137.84 billion when compared to the same period the previous year, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. U.S. exports to China increased 16.98 percent while imports from China rose 5.03 percent. The U.S. deficit with China was $78.85 billion.

China ranked No. 2 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 2. China’s top U.S. Customs districts for total imports and exports were No. 1 Los Angeles, No. 2 Chicago, No. 3 New York City, No. 4 New Orleans and No. 5 Atlanta/Savannah compared to the last year when the top spots were held by No. 1 Los Angeles, No. 2 Chicago, No. 3 New York City, No. 4 New Orleans and No. 5 Atlanta/Savannah. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 58.43 percent of China’s U.S. trade. That compares to 59.74 percent for the nation’s top five Customs districts during the same time period in the previous year.

Taking a closer look:

  • Trade with No. 1 Los Angeles rose 3.42 percent to $36.11 billion.
    Exports rose 19.67 percent to $6.28 billion. Imports rose 0.55 percent to $29.83 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Chicago rose 9.37 percent to $15.08 billion.
    Exports rose 11.17 percent to $1.77 billion. Imports rose 9.14 percent to $13.32 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 New York City fell 0.11 percent to $11.71 billion.
    Exports rose 0.48 percent to $2.14 billion. Imports fell 0.25 percent to $9.57 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 New Orleans rose 11.49 percent to $9.74 billion.
    Exports rose 51.4 percent to $2.8 billion. Imports rose 0.78 percent to $6.94 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Atlanta/Savannah rose 4.93 percent to $7.89 billion.
    Exports fell 11.59 percent to $1.59 billion. Imports rose 10.1 percent to $6.31 billion.

Through March, 9 Customs districts posted trade surpluses with China while 37 had deficits. That compares with 10 surpluses and 35 deficits for the same period one year ago. The top surplus was with Portland/Columbia-Snake River at $1.22 billion, the largest deficit was with Los Angeles at $23.55 billion.

January – March 2017

Top Exports to China

Total YTD: $29.5 billion

Rank Commodity Total YTD
1 Soybeans $3,354,245,880
2 Motor vehicles for transporting people $2,354,806,286
3 Civilian aircraft, parts $2,088,789,016
4 Computer chips $1,226,783,484
5 Oil $806,535,562
6 Machinery, parts for semiconductor manufacturing $644,155,346
7 Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons $596,928,893
8 Motor vehicle parts $554,800,049
9 Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets $549,204,268
10 Paper, paperboard scrap $513,528,944

January – March 2017

Top Imports from China

Total YTD: $108.34 billion

Rank Commodity Total YTD
1 Cell phones, related equipment $14,397,573,472
2 Computers $9,639,391,369
3 Computer parts $3,096,241,264
4 Furniture, parts $2,572,460,291
5 Seats, excluding barber, dental $2,571,390,163
6 Motor vehicle parts $2,240,607,467
7 Toys, children’s bicycles, games $2,100,336,628
8 TVs, computer monitors $2,011,238,185
9 Lamp and lighting parts $1,505,228,009
10 Printers, all types, parts $1,457,892,455

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $922.69 billion, up 7.24 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 7.2 percent to $372.7 billion; imports climbed 7.27 percent to $549.99 billion. The nation’s top five countries so far this year, by value, are Canada; China; Mexico; Japan and Germany. The overall trade deficit was $177.29 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $165.06 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to China, by value through March were the categories of Soybeans; Motor vehicles for transporting people; Civilian aircraft, parts; Computer chips; and Oil, respectively. They accounted for 33.33 percent of total exports to China.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from China –– Cell phones, related equipment; Computers; Computer parts; Furniture, parts; and Seats, excluding barber, dental –– accounted for 29.79 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at U.S. exports to China:

  • Soybeans rose 17.27 percent compared to last year to $3.35 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 23.14 percent compared to last year to $2.35 billion.
  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 17.6 percent compared to last year to $2.09 billion.
  • Computer chips rose 7.17 percent compared to last year to $1.23 billion.
  • Oil rose 3 percent compared to last year to $806.54 million.

Looking more closely at U.S. imports from China:

  • Cell phones, related equipment rose 22.33 percent compared to last year to $14.4 billion.
  • Computers fell 2.69 percent compared to last year to $9.64 billion.
  • Computer parts rose 26.2 percent compared to last year to $3.1 billion.
  • Furniture, parts rose 8.86 percent compared to last year to $2.57 billion.
  • Seats, excluding barber, dental rose 3.1 percent compared to last year to $2.57 billion.

In the latest annual figures available, China recorded $578.59 billion in trade with the United States. At year’s end, its top five Customs districts were Los Angeles; Chicago; New York City; New Orleans; and Atlanta/Savannah. Total U.S. exports to China were $ 115.78 billion and imports from China were $462.81 billion. The U.S. deficit with China was $347.04 billion.