January – December 2016

Laredo Top Trading Partners

Total trade: $283.18 billion

Rank Country Total YTD
1 Mexico $272,509,896,826
2 China $3,818,551,612
3 Malaysia $1,045,698,447
4 Thailand $674,965,319
5 Japan $601,227,810
6 Nicaragua $453,703,640
7 Germany $313,821,941
8 Estonia $304,661,418
9 Russia $266,091,168
10 United Kingdom $222,185,868

January – December 2016

Top U.S. Trading Partners

Total U.S. trade: $3.64 trillion

Rank Country Total YTD
1 China $578,588,122,738
2 Canada $544,027,417,591
3 Mexico $525,110,140,134
4 Japan $195,466,084,802
5 Germany $163,589,409,780
6 South Korea $112,198,689,809
7 United Kingdom $109,722,166,637
8 France $77,705,770,955
9 India $67,687,397,371
10 Taiwan $65,357,816,840

Laredo’s trade decreases 0.41 percent through December

Laredo’s trade with the world fell 0.41 percent, from $284.33 billion to $283.18 billion in 2016 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. Laredo’s exports decreased 2.71 percent while imports rose 1.32 percent. Laredo’s deficit was $46.5 billion.

Through December 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 fell 0.38 percent to $272.51 billion.
    Exports fell 2.62 percent to $117.7 billion. Imports rose 1.4 percent to $154.81 billion.
  • Trade with No.2 China fell 1.51 percent to $3.82 billion.
    Exports fell 36.66 percent to $10.02 million. Imports fell 1.36 percent to $3.81 billion.
  • Trade with No.3 Malaysia fell 4.82 percent to $1.05 billion.
    Exports rose 51.2 percent to $784,588. Imports fell 4.85 percent to $1.04 billion.
  • Trade with No.4 Thailand rose 0.51 percent to $674.97 million.
    Exports rose 110.84 percent to $1.32 million. Imports rose 0.41 percent to $673.64 million.
  • Trade with No.5 Japan fell 9.86 percent to $601.23 million.
    Exports fell 42.38 percent to $2.48 million. Imports fell 9.65 percent to $598.74 million.

Laredo’s top five trading partners through December accounted for 98.4 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 56 countries and deficits with 118 through December. That compares with 55 surpluses and 120 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through December of this year were with Russia, $172.63 million; Guatemala, $114.82 million; and Panama, $20.84 million. The top three deficits through December of this year were with Mexico, $37.11 billion; China, $3.8 billion; and Malaysia, $1.04 billion.

January – December 2016

Top Exports from Laredo

Total Exports: $118.34 billion

Rank Commodity Total YTD
1 Motor vehicle parts $12,656,362,589
2 Gasoline, other fuels $2,682,204,200
3 Landline, cellular phone equipment $2,658,607,412
4 Motor vehicles for transporting people $2,528,062,219
5 Internal combustion piston engines, including airc $2,362,790,716
6 Engine parts $1,912,070,954
7 Electrical supplies, apparatus, less than 1000V $1,771,709,226
8 Plastics $1,758,649,891
9 Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons $1,575,196,977
10 Computer chips $1,550,758,475

January – December 2016

Top Imports to Laredo

Total Imports: $164.84 billion

Rank Commodity Total YTD
1 Motor vehicle parts $19,112,248,122
2 Commercial vehicles $15,017,588,609
3 Landline, cellular phone equipment $10,417,602,429
4 Motor vehicles for transporting people $9,421,241,757
5 Seats, excluding barber, dental $5,255,287,018
6 Tractors $4,632,197,307
7 Insulated wire, cable $4,544,396,240
8 Computers $3,638,289,368
9 Internal combustion engines, including aircraft $3,229,759,401
10 Refrigerators, freezers $3,071,535,642

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $3.64 trillion, down 2.76 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports dropped 3.38 percent to $1.45 trillion; imports dropped 2.34 percent to $2.19 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 $735.46 billion, down compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $737.07 billion.

Laredo’s top five exports by value through December were Motor vehicle parts; Gasoline, other fuels; Landline, cellular phone equipment; Motor vehicles for transporting people; and Internal combustion piston engines, including airc, in that order. They accounted for 19.34 percent of total exports from Laredo.

Laredo’s top five imports by value through December were Motor vehicle parts; Commercial vehicles; Landline, cellular phone equipment; Motor vehicles for transporting people; and Seats, excluding barber, dental. They accounted for 35.93 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Laredo’s exports:

  • Motor vehicle parts fell 11.69 percent compared to last year to $12.66 billion.
  • Gasoline, other fuels rose 6.49 percent compared to last year to $2.68 billion.
  • Landline, cellular phone equipment fell 12.19 percent compared to last year to $2.66 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 17.75 percent compared to last year to $2.53 billion.
  • Internal combustion piston engines, including airc fell 2.77 percent compared to last year to $2.36 billion.

On the import side:

  • Motor vehicle parts rose 4.87 percent compared to last year to $19.11 billion.
  • Commercial vehicles rose 8.25 percent compared to last year to $15.02 billion.
  • Landline, cellular phone equipment rose 4.49 percent compared to last year to $10.42 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people fell 1.5 percent compared to last year to $9.42 billion.
  • Seats, excluding barber, dental rose 4.43 percent compared to last year to $5.26 billion.

Last year the Laredo customs district posted total trade with the world of $284.33 billion. The district’s deficit was $41.06 billion. At the end of the year, the custom’s districts top five trading partners were Mexico, China, Malaysia, Thailand and Japan. Exports totaled $121.64 billion and imports came to $162.69 billion.