Current year-to-date ( YTD ) data is through May 2020.

Exports: Low value shipments

Low value shipments, the No. 6 export by value totaled $2.16 billion for the month of May, $13.51 billion through May of 2020, and $37.85 billion for all of 2019, 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$3.25 B
2Mexico$2.31 B
3United Kingdom$689.21 M
4Germany$530.83 M
5Australia$381.79 M
6France$313.97 M
7Japan$293.55 M
8Singapore$282.94 M
9The Netherlands$256.7 M
10China$248.97 M

Top Gateways

RankPortYTD
1Low-Valued Imports and Exports$11.73 B
2Low Value Shipments$1.78 B
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U.S. exports of Low value shipments decreased 10.92 percent through May to $13.51 billion

U.S. exports of Low value shipments decreased 10.92 percent from $15.16 billion to $13.51 billion through the first five months of 2020 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 6 through May among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 7 for the last full year with a total value of $37.85 billion, a $41.16 million, 0.11 percent decreased from the 2018 total.

Through May of this year the leading sources were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Mexico, No. 3 United Kingdom, No. 4 Germany and No. 5 Australia. The leading gateways only airports, seaports and border crossings from which exports left the United States through May were No. 1 Low-Valued Imports and Exports and No. 2 Low Value Shipments.

In the last previous full year, the leading sources were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Mexico, No. 3 United Kingdom, No. 4 Germany and No. 5 Australia. The leading gateways only airports, seaports and border crossings for exports were No. 1 Low-Valued Imports and Exports and No. 2 Low Value Shipments.

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

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Low-Valued Imports and Exports fell 15.89 percent compared to last year to $11.73 billion.
  • Low Value Shipments rose 45.99 percent compared to last year to $1.78 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 from No. 1 Canada decreased $91.91 million, 1 percent, (67.31 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports from No. 2 Mexico decreased $278.15 million, 3.76 percent, (52.76 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports from No. 3 United Kingdom increased $199.52 million, 12.04 percent, (13.74 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports from No. 4 Germany increased $49.24 million, 3.88 percent, (9.77 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports from No. 5 Australia increased $37.03 million, 3.75 percent, (7.59 percent market share).

All totaled, 53.96 percent of all these Low value shipments exports from the United States were shipped from the top five markets through May of this year. That is equal to $20.42 billion of the $37.85 billion total.

All totaled, 100 percent of all these Low value shipments exports to the United States were shipped to the top two Ports through May of this year. That is equal to $13.51 billion of the $13.51 billion total