Port of San Diego, Calif.

Port of San Diego, Calif.’s trade totaled $187.53 million for the month of May, $1.9 billion through May of 2020, and $7.15 billion for all of 2019, 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$349.56 M
2Japan$335.91 M
3South Korea$314.72 M
4Mexico$126.75 M
5Ecuador$123.06 M
6Slovakia$112.06 M
7Italy$111.28 M
8United Kingdom$87.62 M
9China$46.81 M
10Costa Rica$32.19 M

Overall Rank

Port of San Diego, Calif.’s trade decreases 39.32 percent through May

Port of San Diego, Calif.’s trade with the world fell 39.32 percent, from $3.13 billion to $1.9 billion through the first five months of 2020 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 $1.48 trillion, with exports at $582.11 billion and imports at $898.44 billion. The nation’s total trade decreased 13.61 percent compared to the same period last year. Exports fell 15.09 percent and imports fell 12.63 percent.

Port of San Diego, Calif. ranked No. 81 for total trade among the nation’s roughly 450 airports, seaports and border crossings through May of 2020.

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 May Port of San Diego, Calif.’s top trade partners were No. 1 Germany, No. 2 Japan, No. 3 South Korea, No. 4 Mexico and No. 5 Ecuador. Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by Japan, Germany, South Korea, Slovakia and Mexico, respectively.

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 Germany fell 34.62 percent to $349.56 million.
    Exports fell 95.46 percent to $23.44 million. Imports rose 1735.87 percent to $326.12 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 Japan fell 64.18 percent to $335.91 million.
    Exports fell 74.22 percent to $217.68 million. Imports rose 26.54 percent to $118.23 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 South Korea fell 7.58 percent to $314.72 million.
    Exports fell 98.34 percent to $5.24 million. Imports rose 1131.86 percent to $309.47 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Mexico fell 51.66 percent to $126.75 million.
    Exports fell 96.16 percent to $9.75 million. Imports rose 1267.63 percent to $117 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Ecuador fell 2.04 percent to $123.06 million.
    Exports fell 77.3 percent to $21.54 million. Imports rose 230.11 percent to $101.52 million.

Port of San Diego, Calif.’s top five trading partners through May accounted for 65.79 percent of its trade with the world.

Port of San Diego, Calif. had trade surpluses with 67 countries and deficits with 48 through May. That compares with 54 surpluses and 70 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through May of this year were with Japan, $99.45 million; Russia, $11.08 million; and Singapore, $10.06 million. The top three deficits through May of this year were with South Korea, $304.23 million; Germany, $302.67 million; and Slovakia, $111.97 million.

Through May its top exports were Satellites, related equipment; Computer chips; Photo-sensitive semi-conductors, parts; Medical equipment for physicals; and Medical technology, in that order. Those accounted for 60.17 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Passenger vehicles; Commercial vehicles; Bananas and plantains, fresh or dried; Shrimp, other crustaceans; and Returned exports, without change, accounting for 83.78 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Satellites, related equipment rose 833.6 percent compared to last year to $138.6 million.
  • Computer chips fell 3.46 percent compared to last year to $59.99 million.
  • Photo-sensitive semi-conductors, parts rose 7.94 percent compared to last year to $26.16 million.
  • Medical equipment for physicals rose 2.09 percent compared to last year to $19.66 million.
  • Medical technology rose 11.49 percent compared to last year to $15.05 million.

On the import side:

  • Passenger vehicles fell 55.73 percent compared to last year to $984.62 million.
  • Commercial vehicles fell 30.78 percent compared to last year to $95.61 million.
  • Bananas and plantains, fresh or dried rose 3.1 percent compared to last year to $89.52 million.
  • Shrimp, other crustaceans rose 32.75 percent compared to last year to $32.83 million.
  • Returned exports, without change rose 152.55 percent compared to last year to $27.88 million.

Last year Port of San Diego, Calif. posted total trade with the world of $7.15 billion. The Port’s deficit was $5.29 billion. Exports totaled $933.27 million and imports came to $6.22 billion.