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Current year-to-date ( YTD ) data is through October 2018.

Exports: Cotton

Cotton, the No. 41 export by value totaled $245.25 million for the month of October, $5.87 billion through October of 2018, and $5.83 billion for all of 2017, 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$1.14 B
2China$811.54 M
3Turkey$661.17 M
4Indonesia$562.06 M
5Pakistan$558.95 M
6Bangladesh$368.11 M
7Mexico$315.35 M
8India$301.38 M
9Thailand$239.17 M
10South Korea$199.8 M
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January – October 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $5.87 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Los Angeles $1,698,687,229
2Port of Savannah, Ga. $1,322,467,176
3Port of Long Beach $1,169,125,870
4Port of Houston $838,140,741
5Port of Charleston $206,525,714
6Pharr International Bridge in Texas $174,974,063
7Port Laredo $143,934,492
8Port of Oakland, Calif. $111,670,223
9Port of Virginia $107,180,663
10Port of Gulfport, Miss. $53,304,247

U.S. exports of Cotton increased 17.31 percent through October to $5.87 billion

U.S. exports of Cotton increased 17.31 percent from $5 billion to $5.87 billion through the first 10 months of 2018 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 41 through October among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 44 for the last full year with a total value of $5.83 billion, a $1.87 billion, 47.17 percent increase from the 2016 total.

Through October of this 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.

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 India. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles, No. 2 Port of Long Beach, No. 3 Port of Houston, No. 4 Port of Savannah, Ga. and No. 5 Pharr International Bridge in Texas.

January – October 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Vietnam $1,136,394,923
2China $811,543,964
3Turkey $661,172,608
4Indonesia $562,058,299
5Pakistan $558,949,633
6Bangladesh $368,106,769
7Mexico $315,347,588
8India $301,375,824
9Thailand $239,174,480
10South Korea $199,799,606

January – October 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $684,616,852
2Atlanta/Savannah $352,565,988
3Houston $188,329,757
4Charleston $57,366,735
5Laredo $52,850,778
6San Francisco $35,854,266
7Norfolk $28,630,576
8Mobile $15,854,312
9New Orleans $2,344,360
10Miami $966,810

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five through through the first 10 months of the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of Los Angeles rose 13.72 percent compared to last year to $1.7 billion.
  • Port of Savannah, Ga. rose 45.44 percent compared to last year to $1.32 billion.
  • Port of Long Beach rose 19.81 percent compared to last year to $1.17 billion.
  • Port of Houston fell 11.11 percent compared to last year to $838.14 million.
  • Port of Charleston rose 109.24 percent compared to last year to $206.53 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 $236.53 million, 26.28 percent, (19.36 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 China increased $50.92 million, 6.69 percent, (13.82 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Turkey decreased $19.76 million, 2.9 percent, (11.26 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Indonesia increased $131.12 million, 30.43 percent, (9.57 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Pakistan increased $315.77 million, 129.85 percent, (9.52 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 63.54 percent of all these Cotton exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through October of this year. That is equal to $3.73 billion of the $5.87 billion total.

All totaled, 89.18 percent of all these Cotton exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through October of this year. That is equal to $5.23 billion of the $5.87 billion total