Top Trading Partners

Total Trade: $512.22 billion

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Laredo $270,251,823,455
2El Paso $85,514,007,189
3San Diego $55,945,763,329
4Phoenix/Nogales $25,886,626,097
5Houston $18,146,064,745
6New Orleans $12,081,800,193
7Low Value Shipments $8,541,045,940
8Port Arthur, Texas $4,702,179,208
9Jacksonville/Tampa $3,413,652,382
10Los Angeles $3,176,155,008

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

Mexico’s trade rose to $512.22 billion through November

Mexico’s trade with the United States rose 6.16 percent, from $482.5 billion to $512.22 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 Mexico increased 5.39 percent while imports from Mexico rose 6.76 percent. The U.S. deficit with Mexico was $65.68 billion.

Mexico ranked No. 3 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 4. Mexico’s top U.S. Customs districts for total imports and exports were No. 1 Laredo, No. 2 El Paso, No. 3 San Diego, No. 4 Phoenix/Nogales and No. 5 Houston compared to the last year when the top spots were held by No. 1 Laredo, No. 2 El Paso, No. 3 San Diego, No. 4 Phoenix/Nogales and No. 5 Houston. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 88.97 percent of Mexico’s U.S. trade. That compares to 89.98 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 Laredo rose 7.91 percent to $270.25 billion.
    Exports rose 7.04 percent to $115.71 billion. Imports rose 8.57 percent to $154.54 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 El Paso fell 1.68 percent to $85.51 billion.
    Exports fell 5.5 percent to $36.52 billion. Imports rose 1.38 percent to $48.99 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 San Diego rose 2.06 percent to $55.95 billion.
    Exports rose 2.37 percent to $20.94 billion. Imports rose 1.88 percent to $35.01 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 Phoenix/Nogales fell 7.03 percent to $25.89 billion.
    Exports fell 7.23 percent to $10.19 billion. Imports fell 6.9 percent to $15.7 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Houston rose 29.07 percent to $18.15 billion.
    Exports rose 27.47 percent to $11.38 billion. Imports rose 31.87 percent to $6.76 billion.

Through November, 15 Customs districts posted trade surpluses with Mexico while 31 had deficits. That compares with 19 surpluses and 27 deficits for the same period one year ago. The top surplus was with Houston at $4.62 billion, the largest deficit was with Laredo at $38.83 billion.

January – November 2017

Top Exports to Mexico

Total YTD: $223.27 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Gasoline, other fuels $18,365,934,439
2Motor vehicle parts $14,889,205,807
3Computer parts $9,633,182,677
4Low value shipments $6,234,581,109
5Computer chips $5,774,118,784
6Computers $4,086,085,786
7Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons $4,057,515,185
8Cell phones, related equipment $3,836,649,265
9Electrical supplies, apparatus, less than 1000V $3,667,329,517
10Diesel engines $3,410,115,793

January – November 2017

Top Imports from Mexico

Total YTD: $288.95 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Motor vehicles for transporting people $27,529,901,804
2Commercial vehicles $21,138,147,486
3Motor vehicle parts $21,129,886,571
4Computers $18,037,754,966
5Cell phones, related equipment $10,160,697,000
6Insulated wire, cable $9,246,011,932
7TVs, computer monitors $9,088,782,910
8Oil $8,792,911,738
9Seats, excluding barber, dental $6,474,108,307
10Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets $5,510,539,270

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 Mexico, by value through November were the categories of Gasoline, other fuels; Motor vehicle parts; Computer parts; Low value shipments; and Computer chips, respectively. They accounted for 24.59 percent of total exports to Mexico.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from Mexico –– Motor vehicles for transporting people; Commercial vehicles; Motor vehicle parts; Computers; and Cell phones, related equipment –– accounted for 33.91 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Gasoline, other fuels rose 27.82 percent compared to last year to $18.37 billion.
  • Motor vehicle parts rose 2.6 percent compared to last year to $14.89 billion.
  • Computer parts fell 4.7 percent compared to last year to $9.63 billion.
  • Low value shipments rose 5.04 percent compared to last year to $6.23 billion.
  • Computer chips rose 2.63 percent compared to last year to $5.77 billion.

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

  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 26.37 percent compared to last year to $27.53 billion.
  • Commercial vehicles rose 5.33 percent compared to last year to $21.14 billion.
  • Motor vehicle parts rose 1.55 percent compared to last year to $21.13 billion.
  • Computers rose 8.95 percent compared to last year to $18.04 billion.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 14.32 percent compared to last year to $10.16 billion.

In the latest annual figures available, Mexico recorded $525.11 billion in trade with the United States. At year’s end, its top five Customs districts were Laredo; El Paso; San Diego; Phoenix/Nogales; and Houston. Total U.S. exports to Mexico were $ 230.96 billion and imports from Mexico were $294.15 billion. The U.S. deficit with Mexico was $63.19 billion.