Top Trading Partners

Total Trade: $455.79 billion

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $125,254,750,232
2Chicago $52,615,900,754
3New York City $36,962,801,139
4New Orleans $28,378,847,825
5Atlanta/Savannah $25,317,749,226
6San Francisco $21,843,080,542
7Seattle $21,727,523,746
8Cleveland $20,564,232,805
9Dallas $16,873,876,086
10Houston $13,164,259,298

January – September 2017

Top U.S. Trading Partners

Total U.S. trade: $2.86 trillion

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $455,786,843,733
2Canada $432,727,649,430
3Mexico $412,066,985,086
4Japan $150,877,114,644
5Germany $125,845,329,742
6South Korea $89,461,813,723
7United Kingdom $80,388,247,073
8France $59,605,250,254
9India $55,537,773,261
10Taiwan $50,197,496,887

China’s trade rose to $455.79 billion through September

China’s trade with the United States rose 9.48 percent, from $416.34 billion to $455.79 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 14.73 percent while imports from China rose 8.24 percent. The U.S. deficit with China was $273.76 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 58.92 percent of China’s U.S. trade. That compares to 59.69 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 7.64 percent to $125.25 billion.
    Exports rose 15.19 percent to $19.12 billion. Imports rose 6.38 percent to $106.13 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Chicago rose 14.76 percent to $52.62 billion.
    Exports rose 18.25 percent to $6.05 billion. Imports rose 14.32 percent to $46.56 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 New York City rose 1.6 percent to $36.96 billion.
    Exports rose 2.27 percent to $6.47 billion. Imports rose 1.46 percent to $30.49 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 New Orleans rose 6.93 percent to $28.38 billion.
    Exports rose 14.81 percent to $5.8 billion. Imports rose 5.08 percent to $22.58 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Atlanta/Savannah rose 8.37 percent to $25.32 billion.
    Exports fell 3.9 percent to $4.77 billion. Imports rose 11.68 percent to $20.55 billion.

Through September, 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 $4.97 billion, the largest deficit was with Los Angeles at $87.01 billion.

January – September 2017

Top Exports to China

Total YTD: $91.01 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Civilian aircraft, parts $11,297,597,073
2Motor vehicles for transporting people $8,041,365,070
3Soybeans $5,679,819,787
4Computer chips $3,808,392,946
5Oil $2,600,972,818
6Machinery, parts for semiconductor manufacturing $1,820,410,473
7Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets $1,788,398,542
8Motor vehicle parts $1,695,481,326
9Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons $1,478,907,440
10Paper, paperboard scrap $1,407,972,240

January – September 2017

Top Imports from China

Total YTD: $364.77 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Cell phones, related equipment $46,309,758,219
2Computers $36,312,082,737
3Computer parts $10,947,567,151
4Furniture, parts $8,381,598,021
5Toys, children’s bicycles, games $8,114,611,017
6TVs, computer monitors $8,044,301,697
7Seats, excluding barber, dental $7,674,526,044
8Motor vehicle parts $7,088,656,529
9Lamp and lighting parts $5,378,513,799
10Travel goods, including handbags, wallets, jewelry $4,836,599,234

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $2.86 trillion, up 6.19 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 5.97 percent to $1.14 trillion; imports climbed 6.33 percent to $1.72 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 $585.16 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $546.8 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to China, by value through September were the categories of Civilian aircraft, parts; Motor vehicles for transporting people; Soybeans; Computer chips; and Oil, respectively. They accounted for 34.53 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 Toys, children’s bicycles, games –– accounted for 30.17 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 2.16 percent compared to last year to $11.3 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 27.49 percent compared to last year to $8.04 billion.
  • Soybeans rose 9.7 percent compared to last year to $5.68 billion.
  • Computer chips rose 1.42 percent compared to last year to $3.81 billion.
  • Oil rose 1 percent compared to last year to $2.6 billion.

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

  • Cell phones, related equipment rose 16.14 percent compared to last year to $46.31 billion.
  • Computers rose 8.75 percent compared to last year to $36.31 billion.
  • Computer parts rose 44.8 percent compared to last year to $10.95 billion.
  • Furniture, parts rose 12.41 percent compared to last year to $8.38 billion.
  • Toys, children’s bicycles, games rose 2.81 percent compared to last year to $8.11 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.