January – November 2017

Laredo Top Trading Partners

Total trade: $279.85 billion

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $270,251,823,455
2China $3,707,330,433
3Malaysia $973,687,645
4Thailand $636,303,472
5Japan $616,337,354
6Germany $315,742,629
7South Korea $238,660,784
8France $220,673,372
9India $209,648,740
10United Kingdom $205,831,901

January – November 2017

Top U.S. Trading Partners

Total U.S. trade: $3.55 trillion

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $577,819,211,955
2Canada $533,744,475,445
3Mexico $512,224,202,021
4Japan $185,845,428,076
5Germany $155,641,876,014
6South Korea $109,202,670,537
7United Kingdom $99,963,130,866
8France $75,355,527,384
9India $68,331,013,084
10Taiwan $62,386,688,873

Laredo’s trade increases 7.55 percent through November

Laredo’s trade with the world rose 7.55 percent, from $260.2 billion to $279.85 billion through the first 11 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 7.02 percent while imports rose 7.93 percent. Laredo’s deficit was $47.22 billion.

Through November 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 7.91 percent to $270.25 billion.
    Exports rose 7.04 percent to $115.71 billion. Imports rose 8.57 percent to $154.54 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 China rose 6.01 percent to $3.71 billion.
    Exports rose 19.48 percent to $11.84 million. Imports rose 5.98 percent to $3.7 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Malaysia rose 2.35 percent to $973.69 million.
    Exports fell 1.91 percent to $752,203. Imports rose 2.36 percent to $972.94 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Thailand rose 2.18 percent to $636.3 million.
    Exports rose 33.97 percent to $1.69 million. Imports rose 2.11 percent to $634.61 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Japan rose 14.79 percent to $616.34 million.
    Exports rose 37.25 percent to $3.41 million. Imports rose 14.68 percent to $612.93 million.

Laredo’s top five trading partners through November accounted for 98.69 percent of its trade with the world. The U.S. average for the same time period was 55.31 percent.

Laredo had trade surpluses with 51 countries and deficits with 124 through November. That compares with 57 surpluses and 117 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through November of this year were with Panama, $155.94 million; Guatemala, $98.41 million; and Honduras, $26.93 million. The top three deficits through November of this year were with Mexico, $38.83 billion; China, $3.68 billion; and Malaysia, $972.18 million.

January – November 2017

Top Exports from Laredo

Total Exports: $116.32 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Motor vehicle parts $12,142,938,288
2Gasoline, other fuels $3,521,653,929
3Diesel engines $3,167,453,841
4Cell phones, related equipment $2,292,124,410
5Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons $1,798,398,256
6Electrical supplies, apparatus, less than 1000V $1,744,622,527
7Engine parts $1,702,236,441
8Computer chips $1,605,159,481
9Motor vehicles for transporting people $1,567,663,053
10Taps, cocks and valves for pipes, tanks $1,400,724,748

January – November 2017

Top Imports to Laredo

Total Imports: $163.54 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Motor vehicle parts $18,215,644,744
2Commercial vehicles $14,032,331,175
3Motor vehicles for transporting people $13,361,984,869
4Cell phones, related equipment $9,469,822,949
5Tractors $5,120,681,004
6Seats, excluding barber, dental $4,728,476,514
7Computers $4,132,451,054
8Insulated wire, cable $4,001,176,455
9Refrigerators, freezers $2,834,318,320
10Air conditioning machines $2,722,279,883

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $3.55 trillion, up 6.62 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 6.27 percent to $1.41 trillion; imports climbed 6.86 percent to $2.14 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 $732.36 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $678.15 billion.

Laredo’s top five exports by value through November 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 19.71 percent of total exports from Laredo.

Laredo’s top five imports by value through November were Motor vehicle parts; Commercial vehicles; Motor vehicles for transporting people; Cell phones, related equipment; and Tractors. They accounted for 36.81 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Laredo’s exports:

  • Motor vehicle parts rose 3.61 percent compared to last year to $12.14 billion.
  • Gasoline, other fuels rose 45.99 percent compared to last year to $3.52 billion.
  • Diesel engines rose 43.15 percent compared to last year to $3.17 billion.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 7.53 percent compared to last year to $2.29 billion.
  • Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons rose 27.86 percent compared to last year to $1.8 billion.

On the import side:

  • Motor vehicle parts rose 3.07 percent compared to last year to $18.22 billion.
  • Commercial vehicles rose 2.16 percent compared to last year to $14.03 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 57.97 percent compared to last year to $13.36 billion.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 1.38 percent compared to last year to $9.47 billion.
  • Tractors rose 18.57 percent compared to last year to $5.12 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.