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South Korea ranked No. 6 in total trade value through September with a total of $100.25 billion. Exports totaled $42.14 billion and Imports totaled $58.11 billion, a deficit of $15.97 billion.

January – September 2019

Top Trading Ports

Total Trade: $100.25 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Los Angeles $11,236,538,319
2Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Texas $6,016,899,563
3Port of Houston $5,988,905,940
4San Francisco International Airport, Calif. $5,785,000,461
5Port of Savannah, Ga. $5,053,574,658
6Port of Long Beach $4,711,157,027
7Port of Newark $4,445,902,299
8Anchorage International Airport, Alaska $4,403,900,430
9Chicago O’Hare International Airport $3,725,055,949
10John F. Kennedy International Airport $3,161,451,705

U.S. trade with South Korea rose to $100.25 billion through September

South Korea’s trade with the United States rose to $100.25 billion through the first nine months of 2019, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 5.22 percent above its total trade during the same time period last year. U.S. exports to South Korea increased 2.67 percent while U.S. imports from South Korea rose 7.15 percent. The U.S. deficit with South Korea was $15.97 billion.

Through September, the top five among the nation’s airports, seaports and border crossings were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles; No. 2 Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Texas; No. 3 Port of Houston; No. 4 San Francisco International Airport, Calif.; and No. 5 Port of Savannah, Ga.. During the same period the previous year, the top five were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles No. 2 San Francisco International Airport, Calif. No. 3 Port of Long Beach No. 4 Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Texas and No. 5 Port of Houston. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 34 percent of South Korea’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Port of Los Angeles rose 1.64 percent to $11.24 billion.
    Exports rose 0.55 percent to $2.44 billion. Imports rose 1.94 percent to $8.8 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Texas rose 3.11 percent to $6.02 billion.
    Exports fell 11.03 percent to $2.82 billion. Imports rose 19.9 percent to $3.2 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port of Houston rose 21.66 percent to $5.99 billion.
    Exports rose 50.2 percent to $3.55 billion. Imports fell 4.73 percent to $2.44 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 San Francisco International Airport, Calif. fell 17.85 percent to $5.79 billion.
    Exports fell 27.46 percent to $2.41 billion. Imports fell 9.26 percent to $3.37 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Port of Savannah, Ga. rose 20.64 percent to $5.05 billion.
    Exports fell 8.16 percent to $593.78 million. Imports rose 25.89 percent to $4.46 billion.

South Korea ranked No. 6 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 6.

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 South Korea by value through September were the categories of Oil; Machinery, parts for semiconductor manufacturing; Computer chips; Civilian aircraft, parts; and Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons, respectively. They accounted for 35.6 percent of total exports to South Korea.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from South Korea –– Motor vehicles for transporting people; Cell phones, related equipment; Motor vehicle parts; Computer parts; and Gasoline, other fuels –– accounted for 42.25 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at U.S. exports to South Korea:

  • Oil rose 141.93 percent compared to last year to $7.01 billion.
  • Machinery, parts for semiconductor manufacturing fell 32.26 percent compared to last year to $2.45 billion.
  • Computer chips fell 7.58 percent compared to last year to $2.29 billion.
  • Civilian aircraft, parts fell 26.69 percent compared to last year to $1.68 billion.
  • Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons fell 25.77 percent compared to last year to $1.57 billion.

Looking more closely at U.S. imports from South Korea:

  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 19.49 percent compared to last year to $11.79 billion.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 15.3 percent compared to last year to $3.39 billion.
  • Motor vehicle parts rose 9.68 percent compared to last year to $3.35 billion.
  • Computer parts rose 3.71 percent compared to last year to $3.04 billion.
  • Gasoline, other fuels rose 24.54 percent compared to last year to $2.99 billion.

In the latest annual figures available, South Korea recorded $119.44 billion in trade with the United States. At year’s end, its were Los Angeles; San Francisco; Atlanta/Savannah; New York City; and Dallas. Total U.S. exports to South Korea were $ 48.28 billion and imports from South Korea were $71.16 billion. The U.S. deficit with South Korea was $22.89 billion.

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