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Philadelphia International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport’s trade totaled $1.34 billion for the month of October, $11.35 billion through October of 2018, and $11.68 billion for all of 2017, 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
1United Kingdom$2.23 B
2Germany$1.6 B
3Italy$1.14 B
4Ireland$1.13 B
5Switzerland$1.06 B
6France$989.45 M
7Austria$483.56 M
8The Netherlands$372.98 M
9India$294.16 M
10Belgium$241.14 M

Overall Rank

Philadelphia International Airport’s trade increases 15.11 percent through October

Philadelphia International Airport’s trade with the world rose 15.11 percent, from $9.86 billion to $11.35 billion through the first 10 months of 2018 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 $3.51 trillion, with exports at $1.39 trillion and imports at $2.12 trillion. The nation’s total trade increased 9.25 percent compared to the same period last year. Exports rose 8.95 percent and imports rose 9.44 percent.

Philadelphia International Airport ranked No. 64 for total trade among the nation’s roughly 450 airports, seaports and border crossings through October of 2018. During the same period of 2017 it ranked No. 61. It finished No. 62 in the last full year.

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; John F. Kennedy International Airport and Port of Newark.

Through October Philadelphia International Airport’s top trade parters were No. 1 United Kingdom, No. 2 Germany, No. 3 Italy, No. 4 Ireland and No. 5 Switzerland . Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy and India, respectively.

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 United Kingdom rose 25.75 percent to $2.23 billion.
    Exports rose 29.46 percent to $1.69 billion. Imports rose 15.42 percent to $540.89 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 Germany fell 18.04 percent to $1.6 billion.
    Exports rose 8.56 percent to $900.28 million. Imports fell 37.7 percent to $698.94 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 Italy rose 49.99 percent to $1.14 billion.
    Exports rose 160.66 percent to $614.57 million. Imports rose 0.41 percent to $528.47 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Ireland rose 132.2 percent to $1.13 billion.
    Exports rose 53.06 percent to $208.18 million. Imports rose 162.96 percent to $920.22 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Switzerland rose 99.58 percent to $1.06 billion.
    Exports rose 17.44 percent to $191.45 million. Imports rose 135.87 percent to $870.18 million.

Philadelphia International Airport’s top five trading partners through October accounted for 63.09 percent of its trade with the world.

Philadelphia International Airport had trade surpluses with 132 countries and deficits with 45 through October. That compares with 127 surpluses and 45 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through October of this year were with United Kingdom, $1.15 billion; The Netherlands, $204.38 million; and Germany, $201.34 million. The top three deficits through October of this year were with Ireland, $712.04 million; Switzerland, $678.73 million; and Austria, $397.51 million.

Through October it’s top exports were Plasma, vaccines, blood; Medicines in individual dosages; Civilian aircraft, parts; Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets; and Cell phones, related equipment, in that order. Those accounted for 33.89 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Medicines in individual dosages; Plasma, vaccines, blood; Value added to a returned import; Heterocyclic chemical compounds; and Corrective lens, goggles, protective eyewear, accounting for 66.56 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Philadelphia International Airport’s exports:

  • Plasma, vaccines, blood rose 232.08 percent compared to last year to $646.17 million.
  • Medicines in individual dosages rose 76.53 percent compared to last year to $435.26 million.
  • Civilian aircraft, parts fell 3.3 percent compared to last year to $342.94 million.
  • Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets rose 24.63 percent compared to last year to $330.6 million.
  • Cell phones, related equipment rose 15.64 percent compared to last year to $238.39 million.

On the import side:

  • Medicines in individual dosages fell 17.75 percent compared to last year to $1.74 billion.
  • Plasma, vaccines, blood rose 96.92 percent compared to last year to $1.11 billion.
  • Value added to a returned import rose 42.43 percent compared to last year to $423.62 million.
  • Heterocyclic chemical compounds fell 49.79 percent compared to last year to $232.6 million.
  • Corrective lens, goggles, protective eyewear rose 117.13 percent compared to last year to $132.59 million.

Last year Philadelphia International Airport posted total trade with the world of $12.47 billion. The Port’s deficit was $1.52 billion . At the end of the year, the port’s top five trade partners were Canada, Germany, Iceland, Norway and The Netherlands. Exports totaled $5.47 billion and imports came to $7 billion.