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Port of Lake Charles, La.

Port of Lake Charles, La.’s trade totaled $976.48 million for the month of February, $2.34 billion through February of 2019, and $14.29 billion 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
1Venezuela$427.82 M
2Mexico$392.81 M
3Saudi Arabia$171.12 M
4South Korea$168.9 M
5The Netherlands$129.46 M
6Turkey$100.58 M
7Poland$68.28 M
8Portugal$65.71 M
9Japan$65.16 M
10Colombia$63.98 M

Overall Rank

Port of Lake Charles, La.’s trade increases 6.61 percent through February

Port of Lake Charles, La.’s trade with the world rose 6.61 percent, from $2.19 billion to $2.34 billion 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.

Port of Lake Charles, La. ranked No. 59 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 Port of Lake Charles, La.’s top trade parters were No. 1 Venezuela, No. 2 Mexico, No. 3 Saudi Arabia, No. 4 South Korea and No. 5 The Netherlands . Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by Mexico, Venezuela, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and China, respectively.

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 Venezuela rose 34.35 percent to $427.82 million.
    Exports rose 45.42 percent to $78.24 million. Imports rose 32.1 percent to $349.57 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 Mexico fell 19.08 percent to $392.81 million.
    Exports fell 19.56 percent to $308.32 million. Imports fell 17.27 percent to $84.49 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 Saudi Arabia rose 1.92 percent to $171.12 million.
    There were no exports. Imports rose 1.92 percent to $171.12 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 South Korea fell 42.91 percent to $168.9 million.
    Exports fell 42.91 percent to $168.9 million. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 5 The Netherlands rose 233.05 percent to $129.46 million.
    Exports rose 305.3 percent to $129.46 million. There were no imports.

Port of Lake Charles, La.’s top five trading partners through February accounted for 55.16 percent of its trade with the world.

Port of Lake Charles, La. had trade surpluses with 41 countries and deficits with seven through February. That compares with 30 surpluses and 14 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through February of this year were with Mexico, $223.84 million; South Korea, $168.9 million; and The Netherlands, $129.46 million. The top three deficits through February of this year were with Venezuela, $271.33 million; Saudi Arabia, $171.12 million; and Russia, $19.17 million.

Through February it’s top exports were Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons; Gasoline, other fuels; Petroleum products; Cyclic hydrocarbons; and Sodium or potassium hydroxide or peroxide, in that order. Those accounted for 97.24 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Oil; Titanium Ores and Concentrates 2614; Natural Barium Sulfate; Nat Barium Carbonate 2511; Aluminum, unwrought; and Misc. aluminum oxides and hydroxides, accounting for 99.8 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Port of Lake Charles, La.’s exports:

  • Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons rose 31.55 percent compared to last year to $862.11 million.
  • Gasoline, other fuels rose 16.91 percent compared to last year to $586.57 million.
  • Petroleum products rose 9.68 percent compared to last year to $75.23 million.
  • Cyclic hydrocarbons rose 66.1 percent compared to last year to $35.3 million.
  • Sodium or potassium hydroxide or peroxide fell 26.97 percent compared to last year to $29.82 million.

On the import side:

  • Oil fell 15.08 percent compared to last year to $653.76 million.
  • Titanium Ores and Concentrates 2614 fell 22.47 percent compared to last year to $23.52 million.
  • Natural Barium Sulfate; Nat Barium Carbonate 2511 rose 22.5 percent compared to last year to $10.24 million.
  • Aluminum, unwrought fell 46.31 percent compared to last year to $8.27 million.
  • Misc. aluminum oxides and hydroxides rose 121.29 percent compared to last year to $7.51 million.

Last year Port of Lake Charles, La. posted total trade with the world of $8.07 billion. The Port’s deficit was $21.9 million . At the end of the year, the port’s top five trade partners were Canada, The Netherlands, Iceland, Germany and Norway. Exports totaled $4.02 billion and imports came to $4.05 billion.