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

Exports: Cotton

Cotton, the No. 38 export by value totaled $368.68 million for the month of August, $4.77 billion through August of 2019, and $6.56 billion 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
1Vietnam$1.13 B
2Turkey$580.48 M
3China$509.97 M
4India$495.16 M
5Pakistan$438.61 M
6Indonesia$319.8 M
7Bangladesh$294.15 M
8Mexico$201.57 M
9Thailand$171.51 M
10South Korea$123.65 M
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January – August 2019

Top Ports

Total Trade: $4.77 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Los Angeles $1,521,901,272
2Port of Savannah, Ga. $1,311,577,676
3Port of Long Beach $647,136,932
4Port of Houston $610,228,912
5Port of Charleston $190,571,705
6Pharr International Bridge in Texas $117,632,673
7Port of Oakland, Calif. $107,104,268
8Port of Virginia $105,690,710
9Port Laredo $78,119,507
10Port of Gulfport, Miss. $32,855,492

U.S. exports of Cotton decreased 10.57 percent through August to $4.77 billion

U.S. exports of Cotton decreased 10.57 percent from $5.33 billion to $4.77 billion through the first eight 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 38 through August among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 33 for the last full year with a total value of $6.56 billion, a $733.75 million, 12.59 percent increase from the 2017 total.

Through August of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Vietnam, No. 2 Turkey, No. 3 China, No. 4 India and No. 5 Pakistan. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles, No. 2 Port of Savannah, Ga., No. 3 Port of Long Beach, No. 4 Port of Houston and No. 5 Port of Charleston.

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 Vietnam, No. 2 China, No. 3 Turkey, No. 4 Indonesia and No. 5 Pakistan. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles, No. 2 Port of Savannah, Ga., No. 3 Port of Long Beach, No. 4 Port of Houston and No. 5 Port of Charleston.

January – August 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Vietnam $1,128,118,486
2Turkey $580,484,777
3China $509,967,122
4India $495,155,310
5Pakistan $438,609,441
6Indonesia $319,801,359
7Bangladesh $294,146,611
8Mexico $201,570,442
9Thailand $171,506,397
10South Korea $123,649,848

January – August 2019

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $987,591,800
2Atlanta/Savannah $480,267,207
3Houston $300,798,053
4Laredo $111,762,821
5Charleston $85,040,635
6San Francisco $63,469,810
7Norfolk $43,693,777
8Mobile $32,074,569
9New Orleans $4,917,286
10Phoenix/Nogales $1,442,098

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

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of Los Angeles fell 1.37 percent compared to last year to $1.52 billion.
  • Port of Savannah, Ga. rose 5.09 percent compared to last year to $1.31 billion.
  • Port of Long Beach fell 37.98 percent compared to last year to $647.14 million.
  • Port of Houston fell 19.98 percent compared to last year to $610.23 million.
  • Port of Charleston fell 1.76 percent compared to last year to $190.57 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 Vietnam increased $130.31 million, 13.06 percent, (23.67 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Turkey decreased $67.04 million, 10.35 percent, (12.18 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 China decreased $246.07 million, 32.55 percent, (10.7 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 India increased $211.36 million, 74.48 percent, (10.39 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Pakistan decreased $76.84 million, 14.91 percent, (9.2 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 66.14 percent of all these Cotton exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through August of this year. That is equal to $3.15 billion of the $4.77 billion total.

All totaled, 89.83 percent of all these Cotton exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through August of this year. That is equal to $4.28 billion of the $4.77 billion total