January – February 2017

Washington, D.C. Top Trading Partners

Total trade: $1.69 billion

Rank Country Total YTD
1 United Kingdom $265,836,006
2 Germany $174,615,530
3 France $158,062,403
4 India $134,387,565
5 Italy $116,284,141
6 Japan $94,883,353
7 China $83,344,514
8 Belgium $82,935,796
9 The Netherlands $72,872,455
10 Switzerland $69,032,696

January – February 2017

Top U.S. Trading Partners

Total U.S. trade: $592.18 billion

Rank Country Total YTD
1 China $94,009,447,603
2 Canada $89,362,580,028
3 Mexico $85,071,976,789
4 Japan $30,607,215,895
5 Germany $25,581,084,225
6 South Korea $17,764,469,461
7 United Kingdom $16,381,809,172
8 France $12,327,353,662
9 India $10,907,019,430
10 Taiwan $10,517,606,509

Washington, D.C.’s trade decreases 16.02 percent through February

Washington, D.C.’s trade with the world fell 16.02 percent, from $2.02 billion to $1.69 billion through the first two months of 2017 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. Washington, D.C.’s exports increased 4.16 percent while imports fell 28.35 percent. Washington, D.C.’s deficit was $100.75 million.

Through February the district’s top five trade partners were No. 1 United Kingdom, No. 2 Germany, No. 3 France, No. 4 India and No. 5 Italy compared to the same period last year when the top five were No. 1 United Kingdom, No. 2 Germany, No. 3 India, No. 4 France and No. 5 Belgium, respectively.

Taking a closer look at the leading trade partners with Washington, D.C.:

  • Trade with No.1 United Kingdom fell 43.91 percent to $265.84 million.
    Exports fell 35.45 percent to $71.91 million. Imports fell 46.52 percent to $193.92 million.
  • Trade with No.2 Germany fell 19.26 percent to $174.62 million.
    Exports fell 19.05 percent to $75.22 million. Imports fell 19.42 percent to $99.39 million.
  • Trade with No.3 France fell 5.94 percent to $158.06 million.
    Exports rose 255.5 percent to $104.41 million. Imports fell 61.31 percent to $53.65 million.
  • Trade with No.4 India fell 30.22 percent to $134.39 million.
    Exports rose 28.73 percent to $32.74 million. Imports fell 39.19 percent to $101.65 million.
  • Trade with No.5 Italy rose 34.66 percent to $116.28 million.
    Exports rose 185.53 percent to $8.12 million. Imports rose 29.53 percent to $108.17 million.

Washington, D.C.’s top five trading partners through February accounted for 50.18 percent of its trade with the world. The U.S. average for the same time period was 54.82 percent.

Washington, D.C. had trade surpluses with 108 countries and deficits with 46 through February. That compares with 117 surpluses and 41 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through February of this year were with Japan, $56.2 million; France, $50.75 million; and The Netherlands, $39.36 million. The top three deficits through February of this year were with United Kingdom, $122.01 million; Italy, $100.05 million; and India, $68.91 million.

January – February 2017

Top Exports from Washington, D.C.

Total Exports: $795.77 million

Rank Commodity Total YTD
1 Civilian aircraft and parts $110,304,830
2 Medical equipment for physicals $42,181,544
3 Military aircraft parts $40,098,252
4 Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets $39,801,281
5 Military aircraft engines and engine parts $34,800,529
6 Plasma, vaccines, blood $31,289,066
7 Misc. medical chemical re-agents $29,666,598
8 Computers $21,891,754
9 Computer chips $19,168,957
10 Landline, cellular phone equipment $18,315,046

January – February 2017

Top Imports to Washington, D.C.

Total Imports: $896.52 million

Rank Commodity Total YTD
1 Medicine $283,235,268
2 Nucleic acids and salts, heterocyclic compounds $126,439,334
3 Plasma, vaccines, blood $48,531,515
4 Medical equipment for physicals $27,987,156
5 Military aircraft engines and engine parts $26,662,552
6 Imports of returned exports $26,243,084
7 Misc. medical chemical re-agents $23,769,273
8 Hormones and steroids used as hormones $19,247,468
9 Landline, cellular phone equipment $15,758,836
10 Military aircraft parts $15,660,168

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $592.18 billion, up 6.44 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 6.68 percent to $237.05 billion; imports climbed 6.28 percent to $355.13 billion. The nation’s top five customs districts so far this year, by value, are Los Angeles; New York City; Laredo; Detroit and New Orleans. The overall trade deficit was $118.08 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $111.94 billion.

Washington, D.C.’s top five exports by value through February were Civilian aircraft and parts; Medical equipment for physicals; Military aircraft parts; Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets; and Military aircraft engines and engine parts, in that order. They accounted for 33.58 percent of total exports from Washington, D.C..

Washington, D.C.’s top five imports by value through February were Medicine; Nucleic acids and salts, heterocyclic compounds; Plasma, vaccines, blood; Medical equipment for physicals; and Military aircraft engines and engine parts. They accounted for 57.21 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Washington, D.C.’s exports:

  • Civilian aircraft and parts rose 51.78 percent compared to last year to $110.3 million.
  • Medical equipment for physicals rose 48.51 percent compared to last year to $42.18 million.
  • Military aircraft parts rose 4.43 percent compared to last year to $40.1 million.
  • Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets rose 14.66 percent compared to last year to $39.8 million.
  • Military aircraft engines and engine parts fell 17.9 percent compared to last year to $34.8 million.

On the import side:

  • Medicine fell 28.35 percent compared to last year to $283.24 million.
  • Nucleic acids and salts, heterocyclic compounds fell 0.31 percent compared to last year to $126.44 million.
  • Plasma, vaccines, blood fell 44.62 percent compared to last year to $48.53 million.
  • Medical equipment for physicals rose 36.96 percent compared to last year to $27.99 million.
  • Military aircraft engines and engine parts fell 25.4 percent compared to last year to $26.66 million.

Last year the Washington, D.C. customs district posted total trade with the world of $12.71 billion. The district’s deficit was $2.7 billion. At the end of the year, the custom’s districts top five trading partners were United Kingdom, Germany, India, France and Belgium. Exports totaled $5 billion and imports came to $7.7 billion.