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Des Moines International Airport

Des Moines International Airport’s trade totaled $8.72 million for the month of August, $51.68 million through August of 2019, and $164.4 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
1Germany$18.42 M
2Italy$6.8 M
3China$4.2 M
4Canada$3.4 M
5Zambia$2.13 M
6Mexico$2.02 M
7Ireland$1.99 M
8Czech Republic$1.53 M
9Hungary$1.33 M
10United Kingdom$1.23 M

Overall Rank

Des Moines International Airport’s trade decreases 49.12 percent through August

Des Moines International Airport’s trade with the world fell 49.12 percent, from $101.59 million to $51.68 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.

Des Moines International Airport ranked No. 233 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 Des Moines International Airport’s top trade partners were No. 1 Germany, No. 2 Italy, No. 3 China, No. 4 Canada and No. 5 Zambia. Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, Italy and France, respectively.

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 Germany fell 29.55 percent to $18.42 million.
    Exports rose 238.03 percent to $751,530. Imports fell 31.84 percent to $17.67 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 Italy rose 34.78 percent to $6.8 million.
    Exports rose 264.11 percent to $151,357. Imports rose 32.87 percent to $6.65 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 China rose 336.49 percent to $4.2 million.
    Exports rose 57.36 percent to $380,362. Imports rose 429.99 percent to $3.82 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Canada rose 640.98 percent to $3.4 million.
    Exports rose 178.2 percent to $11,000. Imports rose 645.01 percent to $3.38 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Zambia totaled $2.13 million.
    Exports totaled $2.13 million. There were no imports.

Des Moines International Airport’s top five trading partners through August accounted for 67.62 percent of its trade with the world.

Des Moines International Airport had trade surpluses with 33 countries and deficits with 21 through August. That compares with 31 surpluses and 18 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through August of this year were with Zambia, $2.13 million; Ireland, $1.99 million; and Norway, $1.02 million. The top three deficits through August of this year were with Germany, $16.91 million; Italy, $6.5 million; and China, $3.44 million.

Through August its top exports were Civilian aircraft, parts; Meteorological, hydraulic and survey equipment; Poultry incubators, equipment; Prepared foods, beverages; and Misc. human glands, heparin, in that order. Those accounted for 85.43 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Motor vehicle parts; Misc. iron and steel articles; Value added to a returned import; Misc. engines and motors, parts; and Electrical boards, panels and switches, accounting for 73.67 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Des Moines International Airport’s exports:

  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 261.55 percent compared to last year to $6.92 million.
  • Meteorological, hydraulic and survey equipment totaled $921,428. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.
  • Poultry incubators, equipment fell 40.16 percent compared to last year to $586,494.
  • Prepared foods, beverages rose 222.94 percent compared to last year to $358,150.
  • Misc. human glands, heparin totaled $345,690. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.

On the import side:

  • Motor vehicle parts fell 26.15 percent compared to last year to $19.07 million.
  • Misc. iron and steel articles rose 0.22 percent compared to last year to $4.19 million.
  • Value added to a returned import fell 53.34 percent compared to last year to $3.76 million.
  • Misc. engines and motors, parts rose 1.26 percent compared to last year to $1.63 million.
  • Electrical boards, panels and switches rose 28.35 percent compared to last year to $1.56 million.

Last year Des Moines International Airport posted total trade with the world of $164.4 million. The Port’s surplus was $16.43 million. At the end of the year, the port’s top five trade partners were United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, Italy and China. Exports totaled $90.41 million and imports came to $73.99 million.