Current data is through December 2019.

Exports: Motor vehicles for transporting people

Motor vehicles for transporting people, the No. 4 export by value totaled $4.22 billion for the month of December, $56.16 billion in 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

RankCountry2019
1Canada$13.9 B
2China$7.24 B
3Germany$7.08 B
4Belgium$4.92 B
5Mexico$2.68 B
6United Arab Emirates$2.08 B
7South Korea$1.87 B
8Australia$1.72 B
9United Kingdom$1.56 B
10Saudi Arabia$1.52 B
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U.S. exports of Motor vehicles for transporting people increased 9.18 percent through December 2019 to $56.16 billion

U.S. exports of Motor vehicles for transporting people increased 9.18 percent from $51.44 billion to $56.16 billion in 2019 when compared to 2018, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 4 in 2019 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 December of 2019 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 Port of Charleston, No. 2 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., 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 – December 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $13,901,875,260
2China $7,241,881,169
3Germany $7,081,340,767
4Belgium $4,918,998,006
5Mexico $2,677,946,378
6United Arab Emirates $2,079,670,648
7South Korea $1,872,036,011
8Australia $1,715,344,485
9United Kingdom $1,561,801,631
10Saudi Arabia $1,521,577,641

January – December 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 of 2019 were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of Charleston rose 20.5 percent compared to last year to $8.31 billion.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. fell 6.47 percent compared to last year to $7.32 billion.
  • Port of San Francisco, Calif. rose 384.05 percent compared to last year to $5.84 billion.
  • Port of Brunswick, Ga. rose 11.92 percent compared to last year to $5.16 billion.
  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. fell 9.35 percent compared to last year to $3.23 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 $1.11 billion, 7.37 percent, (24.75 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 China increased $561.9 million, 8.41 percent, (12.89 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Germany increased $1.22 billion, 20.77 percent, (12.61 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Belgium increased $4.28 billion, 673.21 percent, (8.76 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Mexico decreased $367.77 million, 12.07 percent, (4.77 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 63.78 percent of all these Motor vehicles for transporting people exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets in 2019. That is equal to $35.82 billion of the $56.16 billion total.

All totaled, 53.16 percent of all these Motor vehicles for transporting people exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports in 2019. That is equal to $29.86 billion of the $56.16 billion total