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

Exports: Optical fibers

Optical fibers, the No. 97 export by value totaled $289.1 million for the month of October, $2.89 billion through October of 2018, and $3.22 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
1Japan$370.62 M
2China$345.79 M
3Germany$301.86 M
4South Korea$251.99 M
5Mexico$223.88 M
6Canada$208.28 M
7United Kingdom$194.79 M
8Hong Kong$183.15 M
9Singapore$73.65 M
10The Netherlands$61.2 M
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U.S. exports of Optical fibers increased 6.88 percent through October to $2.89 billion

U.S. exports of Optical fibers increased 6.88 percent from $2.71 billion to $2.89 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 97 through October among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 97 for the last full year with a total value of $3.22 billion, a $388.86 million, 13.74 percent increase from the 2016 total.

Through October of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Japan, No. 2 China, No. 3 Germany, No. 4 South Korea and No. 5 Mexico. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles, No. 2 Port of New Orleans, No. 3 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, No. 4 Chicago O’Hare International Airport and No. 5 John F. Kennedy International Airport.

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 Japan, No. 2 Germany, No. 3 China, No. 4 South Korea and No. 5 Canada. The leading gateways were No. 1 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, No. 2 John F. Kennedy International Airport, No. 3 Chicago O’Hare International Airport, No. 4 Port of New Orleans and No. 5 Port of Los Angeles.

January – October 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Japan $370,619,651
2China $345,791,024
3Germany $301,858,953
4South Korea $251,991,765
5Mexico $223,877,337
6Canada $208,283,568
7United Kingdom $194,794,204
8Hong Kong $183,151,520
9Singapore $73,654,713
10The Netherlands $61,202,311

January – October 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $59,083,678
2New York City $43,829,455
3New Orleans $42,263,868
4Atlanta/Savannah $42,038,777
5Chicago $38,911,387
6Cleveland $30,986,833
7Wilmington $29,970,430
8Jacksonville/Tampa $27,736,274
9Miami $24,857,300
10Anchorage $18,321,211

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 56.42 percent compared to last year to $252.93 million.
  • Port of New Orleans rose 15.53 percent compared to last year to $209.04 million.
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport fell 10.22 percent compared to last year to $199.27 million.
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport fell 0.53 percent compared to last year to $194.26 million.
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport fell 5.41 percent compared to last year to $181.6 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 Japan decreased $39.39 million, 9.61 percent, (12.82 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 China increased $70.5 million, 25.61 percent, (11.96 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Germany decreased $2.76 million, 0.91 percent, (10.44 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 South Korea increased $25.1 million, 11.06 percent, (8.71 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Mexico increased $56.92 million, 34.1 percent, (7.74 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 51.66 percent of all these Optical fibers exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through October of this year. That is equal to $1.49 billion of the $2.89 billion total.

All totaled, 35.86 percent of all these Optical fibers exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through October of this year. That is equal to $1.04 billion of the $2.89 billion total