Current year-to-date ( YTD ) data is through November 2019.

Imports: Motor vehicles for transporting people

Motor vehicles for transporting people, the No. 1 import by value totaled $14.71 billion for the month of November, $161.47 billion through November of 2019, and $174.95 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 Sources

RankCountryYTD
1Japan$35.59 B
2Mexico$34.69 B
3Canada$34.64 B
4Germany$16.31 B
5South Korea$14.38 B
6United Kingdom$8.85 B
7Slovakia$3.67 B
8Italy$3.01 B
9Sweden$1.76 B
10China$1.6 B
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January – November 2019

Top Ports

Total Trade: $161.47 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $17,001,319,144
2Port of Baltimore, Md. $13,902,813,981
3Port Laredo $13,325,014,725
4Port of Brunswick, Ga. $11,170,186,101
5Port of Newark $11,122,567,250
6Port of Jacksonville, Fla. $10,411,796,871
7Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $9,615,403,687
8Port of Los Angeles $9,321,697,797
9Port of Providence, R.I. $7,549,611,763
10Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $7,405,376,052

U.S. imports of Motor vehicles for transporting people increased 1.78 percent through November to $161.47 billion

U.S. imports of Motor vehicles for transporting people increased 1.78 percent from $158.64 billion to $161.47 billion through the first 11 months of 2019 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 1 through November among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 1 for the last full year with a total value of $174.95 billion, a $2.07 billion, 1.17 percent decreased from the 2017 total.

Through November of this year the leading sources were No. 1 Japan, No. 2 Mexico, No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Germany and No. 5 South Korea. The leading gateways were No. 1 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 2 Port of Baltimore, Md., No. 3 Port Laredo, No. 4 Port of Brunswick, Ga. and No. 5 Port of Newark.

In the last previous full year, theleading sources were No. 1 Japan, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 Germany and No. 5 South Korea. The leading gateways were No. 1 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 2 Port of Baltimore, Md., No. 3 Port Laredo, No. 4 Port of Newark and No. 5 Port of Brunswick, Ga..

January – November 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Japan $35,591,043,681
2Mexico $34,687,723,032
3Canada $34,642,650,207
4Germany $16,306,282,836
5South Korea $14,376,205,730
6United Kingdom $8,847,583,804
7Slovakia $3,674,889,591
8Italy $3,008,421,475
9Sweden $1,757,294,287
10China $1,599,344,923

January – November 2019

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Detroit $10,439,666,722
2Los Angeles $6,557,313,307
3Laredo $5,782,976,553
4Baltimore $4,739,592,529
5New York City $4,468,916,511
6Atlanta/Savannah $4,019,638,686
7Jacksonville/Tampa $3,866,651,595
8Portland/Columbia-Snake River $2,678,500,664
9San Francisco $2,545,386,697
10Buffalo $2,414,905,830

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five through through the first 11 months of the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. fell 11.49 percent compared to last year to $17 billion.
  • Port of Baltimore, Md. rose 7.06 percent compared to last year to $13.9 billion.
  • Port Laredo rose 5.5 percent compared to last year to $13.33 billion.
  • Port of Brunswick, Ga. rose 3.96 percent compared to last year to $11.17 billion.
  • Port of Newark fell 1.28 percent compared to last year to $11.12 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. imports from No. 1 Japan decreased $771.09 million, 2.12 percent, (22.04 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Mexico increased $3.14 billion, 9.96 percent, (21.48 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Canada decreased $604.25 million, 1.71 percent, (21.45 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Germany decreased $563.59 million, 3.34 percent, (10.1 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 South Korea increased $1.94 billion, 15.59 percent, (8.9 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 83.98 percent of all these Motor vehicles for transporting people imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through November of this year. That is equal to $135.6 billion of the $161.47 billion total.

All totaled, 41.2 percent of all these Motor vehicles for transporting people imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through November of this year. That is equal to $66.52 billion of the $161.47 billion total