January – November 2017

Washington, D.C. Top Trading Partners

Total trade: $11.44 billion

RankCountryTotal YTD
1United Kingdom $1,825,862,640
2Germany $1,261,734,030
3France $1,213,135,091
4Italy $726,555,263
5Japan $712,615,324
6Belgium $623,753,069
7India $526,344,567
8China $505,846,332
9Switzerland $473,938,652
10The Netherlands $471,219,986

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

Washington, D.C.’s trade decreases 1.68 percent through November

Washington, D.C.’s trade with the world fell 1.68 percent, from $11.64 billion to $11.44 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. Washington, D.C.’s exports increased 17.03 percent while imports fell 13.76 percent. Washington, D.C.’s deficit was $757.39 million.

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

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

  • Trade with No. 1 United Kingdom fell 32.63 percent to $1.83 billion.
    Exports fell 26.1 percent to $402.43 million. Imports fell 34.28 percent to $1.42 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Germany fell 21.14 percent to $1.26 billion.
    Exports fell 22.48 percent to $439.4 million. Imports fell 20.4 percent to $822.34 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 France rose 122.48 percent to $1.21 billion.
    Exports rose 372.55 percent to $891.34 million. Imports fell 9.77 percent to $321.8 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Italy rose 21.39 percent to $726.56 million.
    Exports rose 90.92 percent to $35.67 million. Imports rose 19.15 percent to $690.88 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Japan fell 8.44 percent to $712.62 million.
    Exports rose 2.53 percent to $409.05 million. Imports fell 19.97 percent to $303.57 million.

Washington, D.C.’s top five trading partners through November accounted for 50.17 percent of its trade with the world. The U.S. average for the same time period was 55.31 percent.

Washington, D.C. had trade surpluses with 143 countries and deficits with 50 through November. That compares with 147 surpluses and 42 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through November of this year were with France, $569.54 million; The Netherlands, $281.31 million; and China, $204.95 million. The top three deficits through November of this year were with United Kingdom, $1.02 billion; Italy, $655.21 million; and Germany, $382.94 million.

January – November 2017

Top Exports from Washington, D.C.

Total Exports: $5.34 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Civilian aircraft, parts $914,033,185
2Medical equipment for physicals $246,240,543
3Aircraft parts $220,773,849
4Orthopedic appliances, artificial body parts $218,485,490
5Misc. medical chemical re-agents $216,661,836
6Plasma, vaccines, blood $210,379,098
7Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets $201,798,712
8Aircraft engines, engine parts $181,432,659
9Aircraft $131,590,000
10Computers $130,993,394

January – November 2017

Top Imports to Washington, D.C.

Total Imports: $6.1 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Medicines in individual dosages $1,752,022,680
2Plasma, vaccines, blood $786,739,756
3Nucleic acids and salts, heterocyclic compounds $390,602,117
4Aircraft engines, engine parts $325,233,673
5Heterocyclic chemical compounds $214,479,982
6Medical equipment for physicals $206,476,371
7Misc. medical chemical re-agents $156,785,343
8Exports returned, without change $151,593,815
9Aircraft parts $93,604,045
10Insulin, hormones and steroids $93,427,998

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.

Washington, D.C.’s top five exports by value through November were Civilian aircraft, parts; Medical equipment for physicals; Aircraft parts; Orthopedic appliances, artificial body parts; and Misc. medical chemical re-agents, in that order. They accounted for 34 percent of total exports from Washington, D.C..

Washington, D.C.’s top five imports by value through November were Medicines in individual dosages; Plasma, vaccines, blood; Nucleic acids and salts, heterocyclic compounds; Aircraft engines, engine parts; and Heterocyclic chemical compounds. They accounted for 56.88 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 150.87 percent compared to last year to $914.03 million.
  • Medical equipment for physicals rose 41.82 percent compared to last year to $246.24 million.
  • Aircraft parts rose 10.91 percent compared to last year to $220.77 million.
  • Orthopedic appliances, artificial body parts rose 81.26 percent compared to last year to $218.49 million.
  • Misc. medical chemical re-agents rose 10.43 percent compared to last year to $216.66 million.

On the import side:

  • Medicines in individual dosages fell 26.06 percent compared to last year to $1.75 billion.
  • Plasma, vaccines, blood rose 26.27 percent compared to last year to $786.74 million.
  • Nucleic acids and salts, heterocyclic compounds fell 25.48 percent compared to last year to $390.6 million.
  • Aircraft engines, engine parts fell 20.2 percent compared to last year to $325.23 million.
  • Heterocyclic chemical compounds fell 66.92 percent compared to last year to $214.48 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, Japan and Italy. Exports totaled $5 billion and imports came to $7.7 billion.