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Port of San Diego, Calif.

Port of San Diego, Calif.’s trade totaled $553.49 million for the month of August, $5.04 billion through August of 2019, and $7.39 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
1Japan$1.53 B
2Germany$928.36 M
3South Korea$520.65 M
4Slovakia$407.2 M
5Mexico$336.82 M
6Italy$281.46 M
7Ecuador$201.26 M
8United Kingdom$166.68 M
9Belgium$93.55 M
10China$84.4 M

Overall Rank

Port of San Diego, Calif.’s trade increases 8.95 percent through August

Port of San Diego, Calif.’s trade with the world rose 8.95 percent, from $4.62 billion to $5.04 billion 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 San Diego, Calif. ranked No. 79 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 San Diego, Calif.’s top trade partners were No. 1 Japan, No. 2 Germany, No. 3 South Korea, No. 4 Slovakia and No. 5 Mexico. Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by Japan, Germany, Mexico, Italy and South Korea, respectively.

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 Japan fell 3.06 percent to $1.53 billion.
    Exports fell 21.61 percent to $164.98 million. Imports fell 0.21 percent to $1.37 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Germany rose 2.39 percent to $928.36 million.
    Exports rose 11.09 percent to $27.35 million. Imports rose 2.15 percent to $901.01 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 South Korea rose 55.95 percent to $520.65 million.
    Exports rose 397.22 percent to $28.97 million. Imports rose 49.89 percent to $491.67 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Slovakia rose 137.23 percent to $407.2 million.
    Exports fell 1.14 percent to $614,345. Imports rose 137.73 percent to $406.59 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Mexico fell 9.76 percent to $336.82 million.
    Exports fell 80.68 percent to $14.1 million. Imports rose 7.47 percent to $322.72 million.

Port of San Diego, Calif.’s top five trading partners through August accounted for 73.9 percent of its trade with the world.

Port of San Diego, Calif. had trade surpluses with 76 countries and deficits with 59 through August. That compares with 69 surpluses and 59 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through August of this year were with Singapore, $19.33 million; The Netherlands, $18.46 million; and India, $14.65 million. The top three deficits through August of this year were with Japan, $1.2 billion; Germany, $873.67 million; and South Korea, $462.7 million.

Through August its top exports were Computer chips; Photo-sensitive semi-conductors, parts; Civilian aircraft, parts; Medical technology; and Medical equipment for physicals, in that order. Those accounted for 41.36 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 Computers, accounting for 90.99 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Computer chips fell 6.75 percent compared to last year to $96.81 million.
  • Photo-sensitive semi-conductors, parts rose 32.49 percent compared to last year to $49.82 million.
  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 47 percent compared to last year to $43.09 million.
  • Medical technology rose 30.17 percent compared to last year to $31.37 million.
  • Medical equipment for physicals rose 26.15 percent compared to last year to $29.39 million.

On the import side:

  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 10.01 percent compared to last year to $3.61 billion.
  • Commercial vehicles rose 19.84 percent compared to last year to $218.31 million.
  • Bananas and plantains, fresh or dried fell 4.74 percent compared to last year to $132.33 million.
  • Shrimp, other crustaceans rose 1.51 percent compared to last year to $40.02 million.
  • Computers rose 213.27 percent compared to last year to $33.13 million.

Last year Port of San Diego, Calif. posted total trade with the world of $7.39 billion. The Port’s deficit was $5.56 billion. At the end of the year, the port’s top five trade partners were Japan, Germany, Italy, South Korea and Mexico. Exports totaled $913.87 million and imports came to $6.47 billion.