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

Imports: Tea

Tea, the No. 490 import by value totaled $32.43 million for the month of May, $170.87 million through May of 2020, and $468.23 million 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 Sources

RankCountryYTD
1Japan$26.39 M
2Argentina$23.06 M
3China$20.46 M
4India$16.29 M
5Canada$15.73 M
6Sri Lanka$15.15 M
7Poland$6.79 M
8Taiwan$5.84 M
9United Kingdom$5.59 M
10Germany$5.53 M
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U.S. imports of Tea decreased 10.58 percent through May to $170.87 million

U.S. imports of Tea decreased 10.58 percent from $191.09 million to $170.87 million 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 490 through May among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 500 for the last full year with a total value of $468.23 million, a $659,317, 0.14 percent increase from the 2018 total.

Through May of this year the leading sources were No. 1 Japan, No. 2 Argentina, No. 3 China, No. 4 India and No. 5 Canada. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles, No. 2 Port of Newark, No. 3 Port of Virginia, No. 4 Port of Savannah, Ga. and No. 5 Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash..

In the last previous full year, the leading sources were No. 1 China, No. 2 Japan, No. 3 Argentina, No. 4 India and No. 5 Sri Lanka. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Newark, No. 2 Port of Los Angeles, No. 3 Port of Virginia, No. 4 Port of Savannah, Ga. and No. 5 Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash..

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:

  • Port of Los Angeles rose 3.35 percent compared to last year to $30.87 million.
  • Port of Newark fell 14.85 percent compared to last year to $30.76 million.
  • Port of Virginia fell 16.31 percent compared to last year to $24.75 million.
  • Port of Savannah, Ga. rose 12.95 percent compared to last year to $19.22 million.
  • Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash. rose 33.74 percent compared to last year to $10.87 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. imports from No. 1 Japan decreased $8,733, 0.03 percent, (15.45 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Argentina decreased $1.18 million, 4.88 percent, (13.5 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 China decreased $9.98 million, 32.77 percent, (11.98 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 India decreased $3.99 million, 19.67 percent, (9.53 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 Canada increased $1.68 million, 11.99 percent, (9.21 percent market share).

All totaled, 59.66 percent of all these Tea imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through May of this year. That is equal to $101.93 million of the $170.87 million total.

All totaled, 68.16 percent of all these Tea imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through May of this year. That is equal to $116.47 million of the $170.87 million total