Current data is through December 2019.

Exports: Soybeans

Soybeans, the No. 14 export by value totaled $2.02 billion for the month of December, $18.72 billion in 2019, and $17.2 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
1China$7.99 B
2Mexico$1.88 B
3Egypt$995.11 M
4Japan$965.13 M
5Indonesia$861.92 M
6The Netherlands$824.44 M
7Taiwan$676.49 M
8Spain$549.62 M
9Thailand$525.76 M
10South Korea$396.84 M
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U.S. exports of Soybeans increased 8.85 percent through December 2019 to $18.72 billion

U.S. exports of Soybeans increased 8.85 percent from $17.2 billion to $18.72 billion in 2019 when compared to 2018, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 14 in 2019 among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 18 for the last full year with a total value of $17.2 billion, a $4.46 billion, 20.57 percent decrease from the 2017 total.

Through December of 2019 the top trade partners were No. 1 China, No. 2 Mexico, No. 3 Egypt, No. 4 Japan and No. 5 Indonesia. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of New Orleans, No. 2 Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish, No. 3 Port of Kalama, Wash., No. 4 Port of Greater Baton Rouge, La. and No. 5 Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge, Border Crossing, Texas.

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 China, No. 2 Mexico, No. 3 The Netherlands, No. 4 Egypt and No. 5 Indonesia. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish, No. 2 Port of New Orleans, No. 3 Port of Greater Baton Rouge, La., No. 4 Port of Virginia and No. 5 Port of Kalama, Wash..

January – December 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $7,988,877,001
2Mexico $1,877,331,220
3Egypt $995,111,325
4Japan $965,133,189
5Indonesia $861,918,137
6The Netherlands $824,436,205
7Taiwan $676,494,973
8Spain $549,617,370
9Thailand $525,764,005
10South Korea $396,840,043

January – December 2019

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1New Orleans $4,340,748,350
2Portland/Columbia-Snake River $873,569,014
3Norfolk $430,219,125
4Seattle $354,685,222
5Laredo $286,580,988
6Los Angeles $282,101,186
7Detroit $102,523,778
8New York City $73,650,477
9Mobile $47,615,589
10Buffalo $45,944,945

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five of 2019 were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of New Orleans rose 44.54 percent compared to last year to $4.98 billion.
  • Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish fell 11.65 percent compared to last year to $4.61 billion.
  • Port of Kalama, Wash. rose 85.11 percent compared to last year to $1.67 billion.
  • Port of Greater Baton Rouge, La. fell 17.9 percent compared to last year to $999.95 million.
  • Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge, Border Crossing, Texas rose 5.01 percent compared to last year to $807.69 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 increased $4.84 billion, 154.03 percent, (42.67 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Mexico increased $146.88 million, 8.49 percent, (10.03 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Egypt decreased $168.43 million, 14.48 percent, (5.31 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Japan increased $15.97 million, 1.68 percent, (5.15 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Indonesia decreased $142.04 million, 14.15 percent, (4.6 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 67.76 percent of all these Soybeans exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets in 2019. That is equal to $12.69 billion of the $18.72 billion total.

All totaled, 69.77 percent of all these Soybeans exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports in 2019. That is equal to $13.06 billion of the $18.72 billion total