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Chattanooga, Tenn.

Chattanooga, Tenn.’s trade totaled $22.42 million for the month of February, $40.55 million through February 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

1Mexico$35.52 M
2Canada$1.56 M
7Costa Rica$150,813
10United Kingdom$45,328

Overall Rank

Chattanooga, Tenn.’s trade decreases 34.67 percent through February

Chattanooga, Tenn.’s trade with the world fell 34.67 percent, from $62.07 million to $40.55 million through the first two 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 $650.55 billion, with exports at $260.05 billion and imports at $390.5 billion. The nation’s total trade increased 1.11 percent compared to the same period last year. Exports rose 2.61 percent and imports rose 0.14 percent.

Chattanooga, Tenn. ranked No. 185 for total trade among the nation’s roughly 450 airports, seaports and border crossings through February 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; Port of Newark; John F. Kennedy International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

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

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 Mexico fell 37.83 percent to $35.52 million.
    Exports rose 24.32 percent to $16,000. Imports fell 37.84 percent to $35.5 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 Canada fell 9.93 percent to $1.56 million.
    Exports fell 58.41 percent to $3,106. Imports fell 9.72 percent to $1.56 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 Germany rose 263.8 percent to $831,161.
    Exports rose 131.9 percent to $507,998. Imports rose 3334.98 percent to $323,163.
  • Trade with No. 4 Ireland rose 64.86 percent to $697,565.
    Exports rose 64.86 percent to $697,565. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 5 China rose 65.17 percent to $679,716.
    Exports fell 38.18 percent to $76,582. Imports rose 109.67 percent to $603,134.

Chattanooga, Tenn.’s top five trading partners through February accounted for 96.89 percent of its trade with the world.

Chattanooga, Tenn. had trade surpluses with 21 countries and deficits with nine through February. That compares with 19 surpluses and 12 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through February of this year were with Ireland, $697,565; Germany, $184,835; and Costa Rica, $150,813. The top three deficits through February of this year were with Mexico, $35.49 million; Canada, $1.56 million; and Japan, $595,338.

Through February it’s top exports were Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets; X-ray apparatus; Computers; Printers, all types, parts; and Railway fixtures, mechanical signaling, etc., in that order. Those accounted for 99.45 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 68.77 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets rose 48.84 percent compared to last year to $1.58 million.
  • X-ray apparatus fell 34.8 percent compared to last year to $77,746.
  • Computers rose 151.33 percent compared to last year to $54,954.
  • Printers, all types, parts totaled $19,106. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.
  • Railway fixtures, mechanical signaling, etc. fell 55.86 percent compared to last year to $15,500.

On the import side:

  • Motor vehicle parts fell 0.18 percent compared to last year to $12.05 million.
  • Windshield wipers, electric light parts rose 104.22 percent compared to last year to $8.91 million.
  • Motor vehicle engines fell 92.3 percent compared to last year to $1.94 million.
  • Electric ignition equipment fell 18.89 percent compared to last year to $1.93 million.
  • Electric motors, generators, not sets rose 9.89 percent compared to last year to $1.85 million.

Last year Chattanooga, Tenn. posted total trade with the world of $194.66 million. The Port’s deficit was $162.86 million . At the end of the year, the port’s top five trade partners were Canada, The Netherlands, Iceland, Germany and Norway. Exports totaled $15.9 million and imports came to $178.76 million.