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Port of Hilo, Hawaii

Port of Hilo, Hawaii’s trade totaled $30.34 million for the month of August, $66.54 million through August of 2019, and $147.51 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
1China$17.53 M
2Japan$12.38 M
3Taiwan$7.54 M
4Australia$6.63 M
5Indonesia$4.4 M
6Argentina$4.32 M
7Dominican Republic$2.64 M
8Germany$2.57 M
9Papua New Guinea$1.82 M
10Norway$1.46 M

Overall Rank

Port of Hilo, Hawaii’s trade decreases 45.65 percent through August

Port of Hilo, Hawaii’s trade with the world fell 45.65 percent, from $122.42 million to $66.54 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.

Port of Hilo, Hawaii ranked No. 223 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 Port of Hilo, Hawaii’s top trade partners were No. 1 China, No. 2 Japan, No. 3 Taiwan, No. 4 Australia and No. 5 Indonesia. Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by China, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Japan and Switzerland, respectively.

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 China fell 82.76 percent to $17.53 million.
    Exports fell 94.58 percent to $5.51 million. Imports rose 2157715 percent to $12.02 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 Japan rose 263.04 percent to $12.38 million.
    There were no exports. Imports rose 263.04 percent to $12.38 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 Taiwan rose 2050.65 percent to $7.54 million.
    Exports fell 86.19 percent to $44,021. Imports rose 23406 percent to $7.5 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Australia rose 8.43 percent to $6.63 million.
    Exports rose 7.33 percent to $6.56 million. Imports rose 3331.08 percent to $69,445.
  • Trade with No. 5 Indonesia totaled $4.4 million.
    Exports totaled $4.4 million. Imports totaled $4,268.

Port of Hilo, Hawaii’s top five trading partners through August accounted for 72.87 percent of its trade with the world.

Port of Hilo, Hawaii had trade surpluses with six countries and deficits with 30 through August. That compares with eight surpluses and 11 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through August of this year were with Australia, $6.49 million; Indonesia, $4.4 million; and Germany, $1.93 million. The top three deficits through August of this year were with Japan, $12.38 million; Taiwan, $7.45 million; and China, $6.51 million.

Through August its top exports were Civilian aircraft, parts; Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc.; Fruit and vegetable juices, not fortified; Melons and papayas; and Paper, paperboard scrap, in that order. Those accounted for 99.82 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons; Value added to a returned import; Cell phones, related equipment; Computer chips; and Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets, accounting for 42.91 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Port of Hilo, Hawaii’s exports:

  • Civilian aircraft, parts fell 85.95 percent compared to last year to $15.03 million.
  • Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc. rose 79.81 percent compared to last year to $5.51 million.
  • Fruit and vegetable juices, not fortified rose 6904.28 percent compared to last year to $622,400.
  • Melons and papayas rose 6.59 percent compared to last year to $113,549.
  • Paper, paperboard scrap fell 5.44 percent compared to last year to $32,438.

On the import side:

  • Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons rose 60.07 percent compared to last year to $9.3 million.
  • Value added to a returned import rose 108695 percent compared to last year to $3.36 million.
  • Cell phones, related equipment totaled $2.4 million. The previous year, there were no imports in this category.
  • Computer chips totaled $2.18 million. The previous year, there were no imports in this category.
  • Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets totaled $2.15 million. The previous year, there were no imports in this category.

Last year Port of Hilo, Hawaii posted total trade with the world of $147.51 million. The Port’s surplus was $114.57 million. At the end of the year, the port’s top five trade partners were China, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Japan and Western Samoa. Exports totaled $131.04 million and imports came to $16.47 million.