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Port of San Diego, Calif.

Port of San Diego, Calif.’s trade totaled $657.57 million for the month of October, $5.85 billion through October of 2018, and $7.98 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
1Japan$1.89 B
2Germany$1.18 B
3Italy$484.15 M
4South Korea$450.91 M
5Mexico$444.56 M
6Slovakia$256.44 M
7Ecuador$243.04 M
8United Kingdom$183.25 M
9China$112.48 M
10Spain$65.27 M

Overall Rank

Port of San Diego, Calif.’s trade decreases 10.27 percent through October

Port of San Diego, Calif.’s trade with the world fell 10.27 percent, from $6.52 billion to $5.85 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.

Port of San Diego, Calif. ranked No. 82 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. 79. It finished No. 77 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 Port of San Diego, Calif.’s top trade parters were No. 1 Japan, No. 2 Germany, No. 3 Italy, No. 4 South Korea and No. 5 Mexico . Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by Germany, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and Italy, respectively.

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 Japan rose 14.43 percent to $1.89 billion.
    Exports rose 20.84 percent to $247.62 million. Imports rose 13.52 percent to $1.64 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Germany fell 33.83 percent to $1.18 billion.
    Exports rose 64.88 percent to $31.13 million. Imports fell 34.88 percent to $1.15 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Italy rose 24.22 percent to $484.15 million.
    Exports rose 4.34 percent to $7.42 million. Imports rose 24.59 percent to $476.72 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 South Korea fell 43.51 percent to $450.91 million.
    Exports fell 37.7 percent to $7.92 million. Imports fell 43.6 percent to $442.99 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Mexico rose 8.97 percent to $444.56 million.
    Exports rose 31.56 percent to $84.04 million. Imports rose 4.77 percent to $360.53 million.

Port of San Diego, Calif.’s top five trading partners through October accounted for 76.09 percent of its trade with the world.

Port of San Diego, Calif. had trade surpluses with 72 countries and deficits with 60 through October. That compares with 72 surpluses and 49 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through October of this year were with Singapore, $23.93 million; Hong Kong, $19.07 million; and United Kingdom, $16.45 million. The top three deficits through October of this year were with Japan, $1.39 billion; Germany, $1.12 billion; and Italy, $469.3 million.

Through October it’s top exports were Computer chips; Photo-sensitive semi-conductors, parts; Civilian aircraft, parts; Tanks, armored fighting vehicles, parts; and Cell phones, related equipment, in that order. Those accounted for 36.41 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Motor vehicles for transporting people; Commercial vehicles; Bananas and plantains, fresh or dried; Shrimp, other crustaceans; and Avocados, dates, figs, pineapples, etc., accounting for 90.64 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Port of San Diego, Calif.’s exports:

  • Computer chips rose 12.15 percent compared to last year to $128.91 million.
  • Photo-sensitive semi-conductors, parts rose 37.68 percent compared to last year to $49.55 million.
  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 121.3 percent compared to last year to $40.21 million.
  • Tanks, armored fighting vehicles, parts totaled $33.22 million. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 5.4 percent compared to last year to $33.07 million.

On the import side:

  • Motor vehicles for transporting people fell 18.55 percent compared to last year to $4.11 billion.
  • Commercial vehicles fell 10.75 percent compared to last year to $234.15 million.
  • Bananas and plantains, fresh or dried fell 3.72 percent compared to last year to $169 million.
  • Shrimp, other crustaceans rose 85.89 percent compared to last year to $48.32 million.
  • Avocados, dates, figs, pineapples, etc. rose 61.27 percent compared to last year to $32.26 million.

Last year Port of San Diego, Calif. posted total trade with the world of $10.54 billion. The Port’s deficit was $6.62 billion . At the end of the year, the port’s top five trade partners were Canada, Germany, Iceland, Norway and The Netherlands. Exports totaled $1.96 billion and imports came to $8.58 billion.