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

Exports: Motor vehicles for transporting people

Motor vehicles for transporting people, the No. 4 export by value totaled $5.19 billion for the month of August, $36.7 billion through August of 2019, and $51.44 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
1Canada$9.53 B
2China$4.49 B
3Germany$4.43 B
4Belgium$3.37 B
5Mexico$1.78 B
6United Arab Emirates$1.29 B
7South Korea$1.25 B
8Australia$1.16 B
9United Kingdom$1.02 B
10Saudi Arabia$938.17 M
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January – August 2019

Top Ports

Total Trade: $36.7 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $5,151,229,723
2Port of Charleston $5,116,508,674
3Port of San Francisco, Calif. $4,031,567,712
4Port of Brunswick, Ga. $2,638,063,707
5Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $2,126,277,262
6Port of Baltimore, Md. $2,037,423,196
7Port of Savannah, Ga. $1,523,223,233
8Port of Jacksonville, Fla. $1,365,681,278
9Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $1,333,022,969
10Port of Portland, Ore. $1,107,533,302

U.S. exports of Motor vehicles for transporting people increased 3.66 percent through August to $36.7 billion

U.S. exports of Motor vehicles for transporting people increased 3.66 percent from $35.4 billion to $36.7 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 4 through August among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 3 for the last full year with a total value of $51.44 billion, a $2.14 billion, 3.99 percent decrease from the 2017 total.

Through August of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 China, No. 3 Germany, No. 4 Belgium and No. 5 Mexico. The leading gateways were No. 1 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 2 Port of Charleston, No. 3 Port of San Francisco, Calif., No. 4 Port of Brunswick, Ga. and No. 5 Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich..

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 China, No. 3 Germany, No. 4 Mexico and No. 5 United Arab Emirates. The leading gateways were No. 1 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 2 Port of Charleston, No. 3 Port of Brunswick, Ga., No. 4 Port of Baltimore, Md. and No. 5 Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich..

January – August 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $9,532,913,546
2China $4,490,999,199
3Germany $4,428,447,123
4Belgium $3,366,525,363
5Mexico $1,781,031,729
6United Arab Emirates $1,287,434,468
7South Korea $1,250,345,024
8Australia $1,155,740,062
9United Kingdom $1,020,073,561
10Saudi Arabia $938,173,070

January – August 2019

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Detroit $3,332,597,040
2Charleston $2,225,255,704
3Atlanta/Savannah $1,688,255,244
4Baltimore $1,327,393,422
5Jacksonville/Tampa $901,775,412
6Los Angeles $868,368,636
7New York City $866,762,988
8Houston $829,697,864
9San Francisco $749,708,074
10Buffalo $546,059,551

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:

  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. fell 7.73 percent compared to last year to $5.15 billion.
  • Port of Charleston rose 6.87 percent compared to last year to $5.12 billion.
  • Port of San Francisco, Calif. rose 309.39 percent compared to last year to $4.03 billion.
  • Port of Brunswick, Ga. fell 24.48 percent compared to last year to $2.64 billion.
  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. fell 10.92 percent compared to last year to $2.13 billion.

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 Canada decreased $962.12 million, 9.17 percent, (25.98 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 China decreased $677.91 million, 13.12 percent, (12.24 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Germany increased $452.94 million, 11.39 percent, (12.07 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Belgium increased $2.9 billion, 626.13 percent, (9.17 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Mexico decreased $128.8 million, 6.74 percent, (4.85 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 64.31 percent of all these Motor vehicles for transporting people exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through August of this year. That is equal to $23.6 billion of the $36.7 billion total.

All totaled, 51.95 percent of all these Motor vehicles for transporting people exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through August of this year. That is equal to $19.06 billion of the $36.7 billion total