January – September 2017

Laredo Top Trading Partners

Total trade: $225.72 billion

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $217,922,820,981
2China $3,027,586,201
3Malaysia $817,402,813
4Thailand $506,628,196
5Japan $497,760,211
6Germany $251,645,044
7South Korea $196,814,041
8France $170,627,068
9India $170,310,677
10United Kingdom $162,215,745

January – September 2017

Top U.S. Trading Partners

Total U.S. trade: $2.86 trillion

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $455,786,843,733
2Canada $432,727,649,430
3Mexico $412,066,985,086
4Japan $150,877,114,644
5Germany $125,845,329,742
6South Korea $89,461,813,723
7United Kingdom $80,388,247,073
8France $59,605,250,254
9India $55,537,773,261
10Taiwan $50,197,496,887

Laredo’s trade increases 6.93 percent through September

Laredo’s trade with the world rose 6.93 percent, from $211.1 billion to $225.72 billion through the first nine months of 2017 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. Laredo’s exports increased 6.36 percent while imports rose 7.34 percent. Laredo’s deficit was $37.95 billion.

Through September the district’s top five trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 China, No. 3 Malaysia, No. 4 Thailand and No. 5 Japan compared to the same period last year when the top five were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 China, No. 3 Malaysia, No. 4 Thailand and No. 5 Japan, respectively.

Taking a closer look at the leading trade partners with Laredo:

  • Trade with No. 1 Mexico rose 7.32 percent to $217.92 billion.
    Exports rose 6.43 percent to $93.41 billion. Imports rose 8 percent to $124.51 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 China rose 5.8 percent to $3.03 billion.
    Exports rose 23.88 percent to $8.86 million. Imports rose 5.76 percent to $3.02 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Malaysia rose 5.73 percent to $817.4 million.
    Exports rose 22.91 percent to $634,241. Imports rose 5.72 percent to $816.77 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Thailand fell 0.11 percent to $506.63 million.
    Exports fell 53.23 percent to $526,021. Imports rose 0.01 percent to $506.1 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Japan rose 15.31 percent to $497.76 million.
    Exports rose 49.91 percent to $2.78 million. Imports rose 15.17 percent to $494.98 million.

Laredo’s top five trading partners through September accounted for 98.69 percent of its trade with the world. The U.S. average for the same time period was 55.09 percent.

Laredo had trade surpluses with 51 countries and deficits with 118 through September. That compares with 52 surpluses and 117 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through September of this year were with Panama, $95.49 million; Guatemala, $78.05 million; and Honduras, $18.04 million. The top three deficits through September of this year were with Mexico, $31.09 billion; China, $3.01 billion; and Malaysia, $816.13 million.

January – September 2017

Top Exports from Laredo

Total Exports: $93.88 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Motor vehicle parts $9,728,366,871
2Gasoline, other fuels $2,753,267,615
3Diesel engines $2,517,180,081
4Cell phones, related equipment $1,854,771,600
5Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons $1,435,927,380
6Electrical supplies, apparatus, less than 1000V $1,410,566,850
7Engine parts $1,391,290,794
8Computer chips $1,281,323,205
9Motor vehicles for transporting people $1,266,377,046
10Insulated wire, cable $1,136,938,588

January – September 2017

Top Imports to Laredo

Total Imports: $131.83 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Motor vehicle parts $14,757,166,424
2Commercial vehicles $11,365,908,935
3Motor vehicles for transporting people $10,301,004,888
4Cell phones, related equipment $7,698,392,615
5Tractors $4,026,307,596
6Seats, excluding barber, dental $3,774,967,321
7Computers $3,261,457,369
8Insulated wire, cable $3,212,687,471
9Air conditioning machines $2,292,605,836
10Refrigerators, freezers $2,282,519,923

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $2.86 trillion, up 6.19 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 5.97 percent to $1.14 trillion; imports climbed 6.33 percent to $1.72 trillion. The nation’s top five customs districts so far this year, by value, are Los Angeles; New York City; Laredo; Detroit and Chicago. The overall trade deficit was $585.16 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $546.8 billion.

Laredo’s top five exports by value through September were Motor vehicle parts; Gasoline, other fuels; Diesel engines; Cell phones, related equipment; and Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons, in that order. They accounted for 19.48 percent of total exports from Laredo.

Laredo’s top five imports by value through September were Motor vehicle parts; Commercial vehicles; Motor vehicles for transporting people; Cell phones, related equipment; and Tractors. They accounted for 36.52 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Laredo’s exports:

  • Motor vehicle parts rose 2.54 percent compared to last year to $9.73 billion.
  • Gasoline, other fuels rose 41.69 percent compared to last year to $2.75 billion.
  • Diesel engines rose 34.59 percent compared to last year to $2.52 billion.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 10.4 percent compared to last year to $1.85 billion.
  • Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons rose 29.32 percent compared to last year to $1.44 billion.

On the import side:

  • Motor vehicle parts rose 2.98 percent compared to last year to $14.76 billion.
  • Commercial vehicles rose 4.94 percent compared to last year to $11.37 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 60.91 percent compared to last year to $10.3 billion.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 1.27 percent compared to last year to $7.7 billion.
  • Tractors rose 7.5 percent compared to last year to $4.03 billion.

Last year the Laredo customs district posted total trade with the world of $283.18 billion. The district’s deficit was $46.5 billion. At the end of the year, the custom’s districts top five trading partners were Mexico, China, Malaysia, Thailand and Japan. Exports totaled $118.34 billion and imports came to $164.84 billion.