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Chattanooga, Tenn.

Chattanooga, Tenn.’s trade totaled $26.36 million for the month of August, $189.01 million through August of 2019, and $379.9 million 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 Trading Countries

RankPortYTD
1Mexico$165.47 M
2Canada$6.35 M
3Ireland$3.78 M
4China$3.33 M
5Czech Republic$2.78 M
6Germany$2.67 M
7Costa Rica$1.37 M
8Japan$793,578
9United Kingdom$440,801
10Spain$276,814

Overall Rank

Chattanooga, Tenn.’s trade decreases 23.65 percent through August

Chattanooga, Tenn.’s trade with the world fell 23.65 percent, from $247.55 million to $189.01 million through the first eight months of 2019 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

During the same time period, the nation’s total trade was $2.77 trillion, with exports at $1.1 trillion and imports at $1.67 trillion. The nation’s total trade decreased 0.32 percent compared to the same period last year. Exports fell 0.71 percent and imports fell 0.07 percent.

Chattanooga, Tenn. ranked No. 188 for total trade among the nation’s roughly 450 airports, seaports and border crossings through August of 2019.

The nation’s top five “ports” — airports, seaports and border crossings — so far this year, by value, are Port of Los Angeles; Port Laredo; Chicago O’Hare International Airport; Port of Newark and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Through August Chattanooga, Tenn.’s top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Ireland, No. 4 China and No. 5 Czech Republic. Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Japan and France, respectively.

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 Mexico fell 25.72 percent to $165.47 million.
    Exports fell 39.31 percent to $19,500. Imports fell 25.72 percent to $165.45 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 Canada fell 15.63 percent to $6.35 million.
    Exports rose 37.53 percent to $23,521. Imports fell 15.75 percent to $6.33 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 Ireland fell 1.36 percent to $3.78 million.
    Exports fell 1.36 percent to $3.78 million. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 4 China rose 51.45 percent to $3.33 million.
    Exports rose 27.34 percent to $703,000. Imports rose 59.54 percent to $2.63 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Czech Republic totaled $2.78 million.
    There were no exports. Imports totaled $2.78 million.

Chattanooga, Tenn.’s top five trading partners through August accounted for 96.14 percent of its trade with the world.

Chattanooga, Tenn. had trade surpluses with 44 countries and deficits with 12 through August. That compares with 36 surpluses and 13 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through August of this year were with Ireland, $3.78 million; Germany, $1.84 million; and Costa Rica, $1.37 million. The top three deficits through August of this year were with Mexico, $165.43 million; Canada, $6.3 million; and Czech Republic, $2.78 million.

Through August its top exports were Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets; X-ray apparatus; Machinery for sorting minerals, ores; Computers; and Railway fixtures, mechanical signaling, etc., in that order. Those accounted for 98.17 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Motor vehicle parts; Windshield wipers, electric light parts; Motor vehicle engines; Electric ignition equipment; and Electric motors, generators, not sets, accounting for 71.48 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Chattanooga, Tenn.’s exports:

  • Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets rose 14.03 percent compared to last year to $8.69 million.
  • X-ray apparatus fell 44.02 percent compared to last year to $404,124.
  • Machinery for sorting minerals, ores rose 9741.1 percent compared to last year to $384,590.
  • Computers rose 26.47 percent compared to last year to $169,949.
  • Railway fixtures, mechanical signaling, etc. rose 76.45 percent compared to last year to $80,551.

On the import side:

  • Motor vehicle parts rose 0.9 percent compared to last year to $53.5 million.
  • Windshield wipers, electric light parts rose 43.49 percent compared to last year to $33.79 million.
  • Motor vehicle engines fell 75.88 percent compared to last year to $20.55 million.
  • Electric ignition equipment rose 9.14 percent compared to last year to $11.79 million.
  • Electric motors, generators, not sets rose 17.06 percent compared to last year to $8.39 million.

Last year Chattanooga, Tenn. posted total trade with the world of $379.9 million. The Port’s deficit was $353.75 million. At the end of the year, the port’s top five trade partners were Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Germany and China. Exports totaled $13.07 million and imports came to $366.82 million.