Top Trading Partners

Total Trade: $577.82 billion

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $158,069,170,347
2Chicago $68,736,280,070
3New York City $45,366,209,780
4New Orleans $37,293,125,228
5Atlanta/Savannah $31,860,295,697
6Seattle $27,776,997,683
7San Francisco $27,154,288,073
8Cleveland $26,588,661,100
9Dallas $21,081,379,954
10Houston $17,064,714,299

January – November 2017

Top U.S. Trading Partners

Total U.S. trade: $3.55 trillion

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $577,819,211,955
2Canada $533,744,475,445
3Mexico $512,224,202,021
4Japan $185,845,428,076
5Germany $155,641,876,014
6South Korea $109,202,670,537
7United Kingdom $99,963,130,866
8France $75,355,527,384
9India $68,331,013,084
10Taiwan $62,386,688,873

China’s trade rose to $577.82 billion through November

China’s trade with the United States rose 9.52 percent, from $527.58 billion to $577.82 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 12.05 percent while imports from China rose 8.9 percent. The U.S. deficit with China was $344.42 billion.

China ranked No. 1 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 59.07 percent of China’s U.S. trade. That compares to 59.78 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 8.36 percent to $158.07 billion.
    Exports rose 15.54 percent to $23.59 billion. Imports rose 7.19 percent to $134.48 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Chicago rose 14.78 percent to $68.74 billion.
    Exports rose 17.06 percent to $7.43 billion. Imports rose 14.51 percent to $61.31 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 New York City rose 0.25 percent to $45.37 billion.
    Exports rose 1.7 percent to $7.96 billion. Imports fell 0.05 percent to $37.41 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 New Orleans rose 5.42 percent to $37.29 billion.
    Exports rose 1.37 percent to $9.05 billion. Imports rose 6.78 percent to $28.25 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Atlanta/Savannah rose 9.91 percent to $31.86 billion.
    Exports fell 0.98 percent to $6.02 billion. Imports rose 12.81 percent to $25.84 billion.

Through November, 11 Customs districts posted trade surpluses with China while 35 had deficits. That compares with 10 surpluses and 36 deficits for the same period one year ago. The top surplus was with Honolulu at $6.18 billion, the largest deficit was with Los Angeles at $110.89 billion.

January – November 2017

Top Exports to China

Total YTD: $116.7 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Civilian aircraft, parts $13,696,769,196
2Soybeans $10,807,633,947
3Motor vehicles for transporting people $9,845,160,858
4Computer chips $4,858,197,908
5Oil $3,940,863,668
6Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets $2,217,230,969
7Machinery, parts for semiconductor manufacturing $2,178,983,802
8Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons $2,113,681,326
9Motor vehicle parts $2,085,763,014
10Wood, sawed or chipped, greater than 6 meters thic $1,600,845,935

January – November 2017

Top Imports from China

Total YTD: $461.12 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Cell phones, related equipment $62,962,241,306
2Computers $46,540,626,222
3Computer parts $13,904,137,952
4Toys, children’s bicycles, games $11,480,096,381
5TVs, computer monitors $10,493,337,078
6Furniture, parts $10,275,964,150
7Seats, excluding barber, dental $9,241,569,064
8Motor vehicle parts $8,615,050,221
9Lamp and lighting parts $6,648,283,981
10Travel goods, including handbags, wallets, jewelry $5,893,209,391

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $3.55 trillion, up 6.62 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 6.27 percent to $1.41 trillion; imports climbed 6.86 percent to $2.14 trillion. The nation’s top five countries so far this year, by value, are China; Canada; Mexico; Japan and Germany. The overall trade deficit was $732.36 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $678.15 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to China, by value through November were the categories of Civilian aircraft, parts; Soybeans; Motor vehicles for transporting people; Computer chips; and Oil, respectively. They accounted for 36.97 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; Toys, children’s bicycles, games; and TVs, computer monitors –– accounted for 31.53 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 2.74 percent compared to last year to $13.7 billion.
  • Soybeans fell 9.35 percent compared to last year to $10.81 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 19.62 percent compared to last year to $9.85 billion.
  • Computer chips rose 4.2 percent compared to last year to $4.86 billion.
  • Oil rose 1346.79 percent compared to last year to $3.94 billion.

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

  • Cell phones, related equipment rose 16.44 percent compared to last year to $62.96 billion.
  • Computers rose 8.78 percent compared to last year to $46.54 billion.
  • Computer parts rose 45.27 percent compared to last year to $13.9 billion.
  • Toys, children’s bicycles, games rose 2.46 percent compared to last year to $11.48 billion.
  • TVs, computer monitors rose 13.37 percent compared to last year to $10.49 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.