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Tonga

Tonga ranked No. 196 in total trade value through August with a total of $12.61 million. Exports totaled $10.36 million and Imports totaled $2.26 million, a surplus of $8.1 million.

January – August 2019

Top Trading Ports

Total Trade: $12.61 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Oakland, Calif. $5,053,247
2Port of Long Beach $2,191,931
3Low-Valued Imports and Exports $1,845,520
4Los Angeles International Airport $919,470
5Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii $864,470
6Port of Savannah, Ga. $382,240
7Port of Honolulu, Hawaii $316,864
8Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport, Ohio $188,728
9Low Value $163,376
10Port of Los Angeles $150,726

U.S. trade with Tonga rose to $12.61 million through August

Tonga’s trade with the United States rose to $12.61 million through the first eight months of 2019, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 14.05 percent below its total trade during the same time period last year. U.S. exports to Tonga decreased 19.52 percent while U.S. imports from Tonga rose 24.91 percent. The U.S. surplus with Tonga was $8.1 million.

Through August, the top five among the nation’s airports, seaports and border crossings were No. 1 Port of Oakland, Calif.; No. 2 Port of Long Beach; No. 3 Low-Valued Imports and Exports; No. 4 Los Angeles International Airport; and No. 5 Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii. During the same period the previous year, the top five were No. 1 Port of Oakland, Calif. No. 2 Port of Long Beach No. 3 Low-Valued Imports and Exports No. 4 Port of Charleston and No. 5 Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 86.22 percent of Tonga’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Port of Oakland, Calif. rose 14.92 percent to $5.05 million.
    Exports rose 17.55 percent to $4.98 million. Imports fell 53.28 percent to $76,135.
  • Trade with No. 2 Port of Long Beach fell 27.26 percent to $2.19 million.
    Exports fell 27.52 percent to $2.17 million. Imports rose 22.37 percent to $18,833.
  • Trade with No. 3 Low-Valued Imports and Exports fell 19.36 percent to $1.85 million.
    Exports fell 19.36 percent to $1.85 million. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 4 Los Angeles International Airport rose 40.08 percent to $919,470.
    Exports fell 13.46 percent to $114,270. Imports rose 53.56 percent to $805,200.
  • Trade with No. 5 Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii rose 18.34 percent to $864,470.
    There were no exports. Imports rose 19.4 percent to $864,470.

Tonga ranked No. 196 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 194.

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 Tonga by value through August were the categories of Chicken and other poultry; Low value shipments; Merry-go-rounds, fairground equipment; Prepared foods, beverages; and Cell phones, related equipment, respectively. They accounted for 69.59 percent of total exports to Tonga.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from Tonga –– Fish, fresh or chilled; Coral, shell of mollusks; Salvage; Cassava, arrowroot, fresh or dry; and Plants for pharmacy, perfume, insecticides –– accounted for 85.78 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Chicken and other poultry fell 0.49 percent compared to last year to $4.44 million.
  • Low value shipments fell 19.36 percent compared to last year to $1.85 million.
  • Merry-go-rounds, fairground equipment totaled $347,000. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.
  • Prepared foods, beverages fell 50.7 percent compared to last year to $342,675.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 74.19 percent compared to last year to $232,328.

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

  • Fish, fresh or chilled rose 22.55 percent compared to last year to $887,290.
  • Coral, shell of mollusks rose 78.6 percent compared to last year to $613,667.
  • Salvage rose 15.42 percent compared to last year to $163,376.
  • Cassava, arrowroot, fresh or dry fell 32.13 percent compared to last year to $137,007.
  • Plants for pharmacy, perfume, insecticides rose 83.56 percent compared to last year to $134,428.

In the latest annual figures available, Tonga recorded $20.21 million in trade with the United States. At year’s end, its were San Francisco; Charleston; Los Angeles; Low Value Shipments; and Honolulu. Total U.S. exports to Tonga were $ 16.61 million and imports from Tonga were $3.6 million. The U.S. surplus with Tonga was $13.01 million.