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

Exports: Precious metal ores, concentrates

Precious metal ores, concentrates, the No. 563 export by value totaled $30.89 million for the month of December, $229.3 million through December of 2018, and $175.75 million 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
1China$127.66 M
2The Netherlands$48.35 M
3Germany$20.05 M
4Peru$16.07 M
5Japan$8.87 M
6Bulgaria$3.2 M
7Canada$2.28 M
8South Korea$946,902
9Mexico$611,356
10Hong Kong$533,925
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January – December 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $229.3 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Seattle, Wash. $64,433,618
2Port of Tacoma, Wash. $62,256,860
3Port of Vancouver, Wash. $60,466,266
4Port of Virginia $21,407,389
5Port of Oakland, Calif. $16,780,441
6Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $1,867,132
7Port of Los Angeles $737,088
8Port Laredo $537,533
9Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, Mich. $405,147
10Port of Long Beach $57,456

U.S. exports of Precious metal ores, concentrates increased 30.47 percent through December to $229.3 million

U.S. exports of Precious metal ores, concentrates increased 30.47 percent from $175.75 million to $229.3 million in 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 563 through December among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 613 for the last full year with a total value of $175.75 million, a $15.72 million, 8.21 percent decrease from the 2016 total.

Through December of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 China, No. 2 The Netherlands, No. 3 Germany, No. 4 Peru and No. 5 Japan. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Seattle, Wash., No. 2 Port of Tacoma, Wash., No. 3 Port of Vancouver, Wash., No. 4 Port of Virginia and No. 5 Port of Oakland, Calif..

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 China, No. 2 South Korea, No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Hong Kong and No. 5 Japan. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Tacoma, Wash., No. 2 Port of Oakland, Calif., No. 3 Port of Long Beach, No. 4 Port of Seattle, Wash. and No. 5 Port of Los Angeles.

January – December 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $127,655,001
2The Netherlands $48,345,523
3Germany $20,047,007
4Peru $16,071,420
5Japan $8,872,525
6Bulgaria $3,195,934
7Canada $2,282,851
8South Korea $946,902
9Mexico $611,356
10Hong Kong $533,925

January – December 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1SEATTLE, WA $89,277,910
2SAN FRANCISCO, CA $28,176,848
3COLUMBIA-SNAKE, OR $1,732,156
4LOS ANGELES, CA $293,396
5NORFOLK, VA $120,000
6MIAMI, FL $85,970
7LAREDO, TX $66,110
8CHICAGO, IL $50,000
9ANCHORAGE, AK $40,000
10NOGALES, AZ $25,466

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five through in the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of Seattle, Wash. rose 676.09 percent compared to last year to $64.43 million.
  • Port of Tacoma, Wash. fell 51.09 percent compared to last year to $62.26 million.
  • Port of Vancouver, Wash. rose 699.45 percent compared to last year to $60.47 million.
  • Port of Virginia totaled $21.41 million. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.
  • Port of Oakland, Calif. rose 62.86 percent compared to last year to $16.78 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 China decreased $22.55 million, 15.01 percent, (55.67 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 The Netherlands increased $48.35 million, 0 percent, (21.08 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Germany increased $19.26 million, 2450.25 percent, (8.74 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Peru increased $16.07 million, 0 percent, (7.01 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Japan increased $7.69 million, 651.8 percent, (3.87 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 96.38 percent of all these Precious metal ores, concentrates exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through December of this year. That is equal to $220.99 million of the $229.3 million total.

All totaled, 98.28 percent of all these Precious metal ores, concentrates exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through December of this year. That is equal to $225.34 million of the $229.3 million total