Top Trading Partners

Total Trade: $237.15 billion

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $63,771,481,329
2Chicago $27,058,803,059
3New York City $19,734,962,540
4New Orleans $15,192,159,966
5Atlanta/Savannah $13,547,847,320
6San Francisco $11,546,320,544
7Seattle $11,274,627,641
8Cleveland $10,734,483,475
9Dallas $8,867,615,544
10Houston $7,165,306,311

January – May 2017

Top U.S. Trading Partners

Total U.S. trade: $1.56 trillion

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $238,823,082,420
2China $237,146,530,169
3Mexico $225,214,059,289
4Japan $82,741,270,563
5Germany $68,286,059,029
6South Korea $49,803,491,770
7United Kingdom $44,802,654,098
8France $32,923,501,721
9India $29,423,313,768
10Taiwan $27,417,378,733

China’s trade rose to $237.15 billion through May

China’s trade with the United States rose 9.76 percent, from $216.07 billion to $237.15 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 16.82 percent while imports from China rose 8.03 percent. The U.S. deficit with China was $138.09 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. 3. 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 58.74 percent of China’s U.S. trade. That compares to 59.56 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 6.36 percent to $63.77 billion.
    Exports rose 17.53 percent to $10.7 billion. Imports rose 4.36 percent to $53.07 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Chicago rose 17.09 percent to $27.06 billion.
    Exports rose 23.65 percent to $3.3 billion. Imports rose 16.23 percent to $23.76 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 New York City rose 3.03 percent to $19.73 billion.
    Exports rose 3.02 percent to $3.63 billion. Imports rose 3.03 percent to $16.1 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 New Orleans rose 7.85 percent to $15.19 billion.
    Exports rose 45.21 percent to $3.56 billion. Imports fell 0.03 percent to $11.63 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Atlanta/Savannah rose 9.36 percent to $13.55 billion.
    Exports fell 4.93 percent to $2.69 billion. Imports rose 13.59 percent to $10.86 billion.

Through May, 10 Customs districts posted trade surpluses with China while 36 had deficits. That compares with 11 surpluses and 34 deficits for the same period one year ago. The top surplus was with Portland/Columbia-Snake River at $1.84 billion, the largest deficit was with Los Angeles at $42.37 billion.

January – May 2017

Top Exports to China

Total YTD: $49.53 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Civilian aircraft, parts $4,553,010,130
2Motor vehicles for transporting people $4,498,358,693
3Soybeans $3,769,443,933
4Computer chips $1,979,636,056
5Oil $1,583,091,575
6Machinery, parts for semiconductor manufacturing $1,165,241,018
7Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets $945,984,548
8Motor vehicle parts $942,124,675
9Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons $864,570,245
10Paper, paperboard scrap $814,576,694

January – May 2017

Top Imports from China

Total YTD: $187.62 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Cell phones, related equipment $24,521,873,366
2Computers $17,575,473,487
3Computer parts $5,521,361,707
4Furniture, parts $4,549,978,008
5Seats, excluding barber, dental $4,426,758,331
6Motor vehicle parts $3,847,785,637
7TVs, computer monitors $3,781,292,008
8Toys, children’s bicycles, games $3,521,501,337
9Lamp and lighting parts $2,625,387,993
10Travel goods, including handbags, wallets, jewelry $2,515,291,975

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $1.56 trillion, up 7.15 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 6.5 percent to $624.45 billion; imports climbed 7.59 percent to $936.93 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 $312.48 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $284.53 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to China, by value through May were the categories of Civilian aircraft, parts; Motor vehicles for transporting people; Soybeans; Computer chips; and Oil, respectively. They accounted for 33.08 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 30.17 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Civilian aircraft, parts fell 0.81 percent compared to last year to $4.55 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 34.37 percent compared to last year to $4.5 billion.
  • Soybeans rose 30.61 percent compared to last year to $3.77 billion.
  • Computer chips fell 2.51 percent compared to last year to $1.98 billion.
  • Oil rose 2 percent compared to last year to $1.58 billion.

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

  • Cell phones, related equipment rose 25.6 percent compared to last year to $24.52 billion.
  • Computers rose 2.84 percent compared to last year to $17.58 billion.
  • Computer parts rose 36.41 percent compared to last year to $5.52 billion.
  • Furniture, parts rose 13.19 percent compared to last year to $4.55 billion.
  • Seats, excluding barber, dental rose 6.29 percent compared to last year to $4.43 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.