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Current year-to-date ( YTD ) data is through March 2019.

Exports: Bitumen and asphalt, shale and tar sands

Bitumen and asphalt, shale and tar sands, the No. 681 export by value totaled $9.12 million for the month of March, $31.13 million through March of 2019, and $159.95 million for all of 2018, the latest annual data available, according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by WorldCity. Need more details? Read more

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Top Markets

RankCountryYTD
1Costa Rica$8.08 M
2Canada$7.93 M
3Honduras$4.7 M
4Chile$2.04 M
5The Netherlands$1.06 M
6Dominican Republic$1 M
7Mexico$990,570
8Singapore$787,076
9Bahamas$644,260
10Colombia$452,442
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January – March 2019

Top Ports

Total Trade: $31.13 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of New Orleans $10,179,632
2Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $7,266,635
3Port of Corpus Christi, Texas $4,836,004
4Port of Los Angeles $1,678,792
5Port of Houston $1,279,231
6Port of Oakland, Calif. $1,036,377
7Port of Beaumont, Texas $1,000,000
8Port of Palm Beach, Fla. $936,254
9Port Everglades, Fla. $550,675
10Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge, Border Crossing, Texas $395,139

U.S. exports of Bitumen and asphalt, shale and tar sands increased 47.14 percent through March to $31.13 million

U.S. exports of Bitumen and asphalt, shale and tar sands increased 47.14 percent from $21.16 million to $31.13 million through the first three months of 2019 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 681 through March among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 764 for the last full year with a total value of $159.95 million, a $45.42 million, 39.66 percent increase from the 2017 total.

Through March of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Costa Rica, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Honduras, No. 4 Chile and No. 5 The Netherlands. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of New Orleans, No. 2 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 3 Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, No. 4 Port of Los Angeles and No. 5 Port of Houston.

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Costa Rica, No. 4 Chile and No. 5 The Netherlands. The leading gateways were No. 1 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 2 Port of New Orleans, No. 3 Port of Mobile, Ala., No. 4 Pembina Border Crossing, N.D. and No. 5 Port of Oakland, Calif..

January – March 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Costa Rica $8,079,254
2Canada $7,928,183
3Honduras $4,700,052
4Chile $2,044,206
5The Netherlands $1,064,126
6Dominican Republic $1,000,000
7Mexico $990,570
8Singapore $787,076
9Bahamas $644,260
10Colombia $452,442

January – March 2019

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Detroit $16,897,106
2New Orleans $4,295,027
3Miami $2,141,666
4Mobile $2,000,000
5Los Angeles $1,948,841
6San Francisco $1,648,061
7Houston $1,502,264
8Great Falls, Mont. $1,149,434
9Laredo $356,346
10Charleston $301,158

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five through through the first three months of the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of New Orleans rose 343.55 percent compared to last year to $10.18 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. rose 59.7 percent compared to last year to $7.27 million.
  • Port of Corpus Christi, Texas rose 339.64 percent compared to last year to $4.84 million.
  • Port of Los Angeles rose 17.63 percent compared to last year to $1.68 million.
  • Port of Houston rose 12.31 percent compared to last year to $1.28 million.

There are several hundred airports, seaports and border crossings that handle international trade; they are, in turn, part of the roughly four dozen U.S. Customs districts.

Highlights for the top five foreign markets:

  • U.S. exports to No. 1 Costa Rica increased $6.55 million, 430 percent, (25.95 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Canada increased $2.28 million, 40.34 percent, (25.47 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Honduras increased $4.7 million, 93118 percent, (15.1 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Chile increased $987,781, 93.5 percent, (6.57 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 The Netherlands increased $53,873, 5.33 percent, (3.42 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 76.5 percent of all these Bitumen and asphalt, shale and tar sands exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through March of this year. That is equal to $23.82 million of the $31.13 million total.

All totaled, 81.08 percent of all these Bitumen and asphalt, shale and tar sands exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through March of this year. That is equal to $25.24 million of the $31.13 million total