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El Salvador

El Salvador ranked No. 59 in total trade value through August with a total of $3.87 billion. Exports totaled $2.22 billion and Imports totaled $1.65 billion, a surplus of $571.99 million.

January – August 2019

Top Trading Ports

Total Trade: $3.87 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port Miami $779,641,003
2Port Everglades, Fla. $473,203,959
3Port of Gulfport, Miss. $411,716,790
4Miami International Airport $397,340,405
5Port of New Orleans $284,891,094
6Port of Houston $199,140,852
7Port of Los Angeles $153,760,441
8Port of Richmond, Calif. $91,812,171
9Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish $86,017,893
10Low-Valued Imports and Exports $78,166,771

U.S. trade with El Salvador rose to $3.87 billion through August

El Salvador’s trade with the United States rose to $3.87 billion through the first eight months of 2019, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 1.47 percent above its total trade during the same time period last year. U.S. exports to El Salvador increased 3.83 percent while U.S. imports from El Salvador fell 1.55 percent. The U.S. surplus with El Salvador was $571.99 million.

Through August, the top five among the nation’s airports, seaports and border crossings were No. 1 Port Miami; No. 2 Port Everglades, Fla.; No. 3 Port of Gulfport, Miss.; No. 4 Miami International Airport; and No. 5 Port of New Orleans. During the same period the previous year, the top five were No. 1 Port Miami No. 2 Port Everglades, Fla. No. 3 Port of Gulfport, Miss. No. 4 Miami International Airport and No. 5 Port of New Orleans. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 60.6 percent of El Salvador’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Port Miami fell 3.08 percent to $779.64 million.
    Exports rose 3.87 percent to $393.8 million. Imports fell 9.27 percent to $385.84 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 Port Everglades, Fla. fell 11.95 percent to $473.2 million.
    Exports fell 11.94 percent to $171.21 million. Imports fell 11.95 percent to $302 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port of Gulfport, Miss. rose 2.48 percent to $411.72 million.
    Exports fell 23.81 percent to $53.07 million. Imports rose 7.99 percent to $358.65 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Miami International Airport fell 0.91 percent to $397.34 million.
    Exports fell 0.6 percent to $284.14 million. Imports fell 1.68 percent to $113.2 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Port of New Orleans rose 4.44 percent to $284.89 million.
    Exports rose 6.01 percent to $271.7 million. Imports fell 19.91 percent to $13.19 million.

El Salvador ranked No. 59 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 57.

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $2.77 trillion, down 0.32 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports dropped 0.71 percent to $1.1 trillion; imports dropped 0.07 percent to $1.67 trillion. The nation’s top five countries so far this year, by value, are Mexico; Canada; China; Japan and Germany. The overall trade deficit was $575.47 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $568.8 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to El Salvador by value through August were the categories of Gasoline, other fuels; Corn; Low value shipments; Value added to a returned import; and Cell phones, related equipment, respectively. They accounted for 35.2 percent of total exports to El Salvador.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from El Salvador –– T-shirts, tank tops, knit or crocheted; Sweaters, pullovers, vests, knit or crocheted; Pantyhose, socks; Men’s or boys’ underwear; and Bras, girdles, garters –– accounted for 58.3 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at U.S. exports to El Salvador:

  • Gasoline, other fuels rose 27.73 percent compared to last year to $472.34 million.
  • Corn rose 35.47 percent compared to last year to $89.47 million.
  • Low value shipments rose 5.79 percent compared to last year to $78.17 million.
  • Value added to a returned import rose 34.66 percent compared to last year to $72.64 million.
  • Cell phones, related equipment rose 16.99 percent compared to last year to $69.63 million.

Looking more closely at U.S. imports from El Salvador:

  • T-shirts, tank tops, knit or crocheted rose 6.51 percent compared to last year to $380.58 million.
  • Sweaters, pullovers, vests, knit or crocheted rose 0.04 percent compared to last year to $276.31 million.
  • Pantyhose, socks fell 8.01 percent compared to last year to $148.63 million.
  • Men’s or boys’ underwear rose 20.92 percent compared to last year to $100.65 million.
  • Bras, girdles, garters fell 16.71 percent compared to last year to $55.96 million.

In the latest annual figures available, El Salvador recorded $5.52 billion in trade with the United States. At year’s end, its were Miami; Mobile; Houston; New Orleans; and Los Angeles. Total U.S. exports to El Salvador were $ 3.05 billion and imports from El Salvador were $2.47 billion. The U.S. surplus with El Salvador was $579.79 million.