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China ranked No. 3 in total trade value through September with a total of $419.86 billion. Exports totaled $78.76 billion and Imports totaled $341.09 billion, a deficit of $262.33 billion.

January – September 2019

Top Trading Ports

Total Trade: $419.86 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Los Angeles $98,471,209,685
2Chicago O’Hare International Airport $46,231,815,587
3Port of Long Beach $29,288,166,944
4Port of Newark $24,382,780,529
5Los Angeles International Airport $23,358,727,469
6Port of Savannah, Ga. $19,824,039,103
7John F. Kennedy International Airport $13,091,291,623
8Port of Charleston $11,743,900,117
9Port of Tacoma, Wash. $11,174,056,830
10Anchorage International Airport, Alaska $10,509,244,026

U.S. trade with China rose to $419.86 billion through September

China’s trade with the United States rose to $419.86 billion through the first nine months of 2019, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 13.58 percent below its total trade during the same time period last year. U.S. exports to China decreased 15.64 percent while U.S. imports from China fell 13.09 percent. The U.S. deficit with China was $262.33 billion.

Through September, the top five among the nation’s airports, seaports and border crossings were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles; No. 2 Chicago O’Hare International Airport; No. 3 Port of Long Beach; No. 4 Port of Newark; and No. 5 Los Angeles International Airport. During the same period the previous year, the top five were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles No. 2 Chicago O’Hare International Airport No. 3 Port of Long Beach No. 4 Port of Newark and No. 5 Los Angeles International Airport. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 52.81 percent of China’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Port of Los Angeles fell 11.21 percent to $98.47 billion.
    Exports fell 15.25 percent to $5.22 billion. Imports fell 10.97 percent to $93.25 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Chicago O’Hare International Airport fell 1.44 percent to $46.23 billion.
    Exports fell 8.53 percent to $5.99 billion. Imports fell 0.28 percent to $40.24 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port of Long Beach fell 26.8 percent to $29.29 billion.
    Exports fell 37.32 percent to $4.54 billion. Imports fell 24.48 percent to $24.75 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 Port of Newark fell 8.38 percent to $24.38 billion.
    Exports fell 7.84 percent to $575.83 million. Imports fell 8.39 percent to $23.81 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Los Angeles International Airport rose 0.59 percent to $23.36 billion.
    Exports fell 5.52 percent to $6.35 billion. Imports rose 3.07 percent to $17.01 billion.

China ranked No. 3 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 1.

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $3.11 trillion, down 0.58 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports dropped 1.01 percent to $1.23 trillion; imports dropped 0.3 percent to $1.88 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 $647.62 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $640.85 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to China by value through September were the categories of Civilian aircraft, parts; Computer chips; Motor vehicles for transporting people; Soybeans; and Oil, respectively. They accounted for 34.76 percent of total exports to China.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from China –– Cell phones, related equipment; Computers; TVs, computer monitors; Toys, children’s bicycles, games; and Furniture, parts –– accounted for 28.49 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Civilian aircraft, parts fell 31.72 percent compared to last year to $8.65 billion.
  • Computer chips rose 43.56 percent compared to last year to $6.01 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people fell 9.09 percent compared to last year to $5.09 billion.
  • Soybeans rose 62.67 percent compared to last year to $4.88 billion.
  • Oil fell 47.15 percent compared to last year to $2.76 billion.

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

  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 20.11 percent compared to last year to $39.56 billion.
  • Computers fell 12.96 percent compared to last year to $33.19 billion.
  • TVs, computer monitors rose 10.02 percent compared to last year to $9.07 billion.
  • Toys, children’s bicycles, games rose 11.01 percent compared to last year to $8.54 billion.
  • Furniture, parts fell 22.7 percent compared to last year to $7.06 billion.

In the latest annual figures available, China recorded $635.97 billion in trade with the United States. At year’s end, its were Los Angeles; Chicago; New York City; New Orleans; and Atlanta/Savannah. Total U.S. exports to China were $ 130.37 billion and imports from China were $505.6 billion. The U.S. deficit with China was $375.23 billion.

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