Top Trading Partners

Total Trade: $342.8 billion

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $93,367,397,454
2Chicago $39,359,971,607
3New York City $28,270,822,151
4New Orleans $21,066,113,814
5Atlanta/Savannah $19,192,500,500
6San Francisco $16,582,394,842
7Seattle $16,466,456,105
8Cleveland $15,553,988,964
9Dallas $12,884,385,690
10Houston $10,112,590,842

January – July 2017

Top U.S. Trading Partners

Total U.S. trade: $2.21 trillion

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $342,796,069,687
2Canada $334,703,689,769
3Mexico $318,272,610,056
4Japan $116,729,021,955
5Germany $96,657,771,567
6South Korea $70,172,968,159
7United Kingdom $62,069,988,956
8France $45,706,966,413
9India $42,153,295,048
10Taiwan $38,680,933,074

China’s trade rose to $342.8 billion through July

China’s trade with the United States rose 9.83 percent, from $312.11 billion to $342.8 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 14.75 percent while imports from China rose 8.65 percent. The U.S. deficit with China was $204.23 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. 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 58.71 percent of China’s U.S. trade. That compares to 59.49 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 7.05 percent to $93.37 billion.
    Exports rose 15.74 percent to $14.92 billion. Imports rose 5.54 percent to $78.45 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Chicago rose 15.9 percent to $39.36 billion.
    Exports rose 20.76 percent to $4.72 billion. Imports rose 15.27 percent to $34.64 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 New York City rose 2.69 percent to $28.27 billion.
    Exports rose 3.56 percent to $5.07 billion. Imports rose 2.5 percent to $23.21 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 New Orleans rose 8.77 percent to $21.07 billion.
    Exports rose 29.83 percent to $4.13 billion. Imports rose 4.63 percent to $16.94 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Atlanta/Savannah rose 9.12 percent to $19.19 billion.
    Exports fell 4.15 percent to $3.67 billion. Imports rose 12.81 percent to $15.53 billion.

Through July, 11 Customs districts posted trade surpluses with China while 35 had deficits. That compares with 11 surpluses and 35 deficits for the same period one year ago. The top surplus was with Honolulu at $3.15 billion, the largest deficit was with Los Angeles at $63.53 billion.

January – July 2017

Top Exports to China

Total YTD: $69.28 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Civilian aircraft, parts $7,722,177,729
2Motor vehicles for transporting people $6,312,276,513
3Soybeans $4,075,029,421
4Computer chips $2,772,228,089
5Oil $1,977,998,431
6Machinery, parts for semiconductor manufacturing $1,552,725,240
7Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets $1,360,603,124
8Motor vehicle parts $1,319,428,878
9Paper, paperboard scrap $1,134,742,772
10Cell phones, related equipment $1,106,227,904

January – July 2017

Top Imports from China

Total YTD: $273.51 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Cell phones, related equipment $34,492,436,756
2Computers $27,187,676,493
3Computer parts $8,189,191,604
4Furniture, parts $6,540,342,581
5Seats, excluding barber, dental $6,184,327,423
6TVs, computer monitors $5,757,427,105
7Motor vehicle parts $5,504,998,623
8Toys, children’s bicycles, games $5,345,331,520
9Lamp and lighting parts $3,829,710,805
10Travel goods, including handbags, wallets, jewelry $3,749,437,986

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $2.21 trillion, up 6.67 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 6.31 percent to $879.69 billion; imports climbed 6.91 percent to $1.33 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 $447.79 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $414.15 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to China, by value through July were the categories of Civilian aircraft, parts; Motor vehicles for transporting people; Soybeans; Computer chips; and Oil, respectively. They accounted for 32.99 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 30.2 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Civilian aircraft, parts fell 4.49 percent compared to last year to $7.72 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 32.81 percent compared to last year to $6.31 billion.
  • Soybeans rose 22.11 percent compared to last year to $4.08 billion.
  • Computer chips fell 2.33 percent compared to last year to $2.77 billion.
  • Oil rose 1 percent compared to last year to $1.98 billion.

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

  • Cell phones, related equipment rose 20.86 percent compared to last year to $34.49 billion.
  • Computers rose 6.62 percent compared to last year to $27.19 billion.
  • Computer parts rose 42.03 percent compared to last year to $8.19 billion.
  • Furniture, parts rose 13.68 percent compared to last year to $6.54 billion.
  • Seats, excluding barber, dental rose 8.26 percent compared to last year to $6.18 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.