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Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Chicago O'Hare International Airport’s trade totaled $19.61 billion for the month of October, $169.51 billion through October of 2018, and $190.24 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
1China$53.17 B
2Ireland$16.38 B
3Canada$11.62 B
4Japan$10.91 B
5Germany$10.59 B
6Switzerland$6.57 B
7United Kingdom$5.68 B
8The Netherlands$4.79 B
9France$4.64 B
10South Korea$4.39 B

Overall Rank

Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s trade increases 12.4 percent through October

Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s trade with the world rose 12.4 percent, from $150.81 billion to $169.51 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.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport ranked No. 3 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. 4. It finished No. 4 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 Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s top trade parters were No. 1 China, No. 2 Ireland, No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Japan and No. 5 Germany . Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by China, Ireland, Japan, Germany and Canada, respectively.

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 China rose 1.9 percent to $53.17 billion.
    Exports rose 7.93 percent to $7.29 billion. Imports rose 1 percent to $45.88 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Ireland rose 46.1 percent to $16.38 billion.
    Exports rose 2.47 percent to $897.46 million. Imports rose 49.8 percent to $15.48 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Canada rose 37.73 percent to $11.62 billion.
    Exports rose 114.21 percent to $93.39 million. Imports rose 37.33 percent to $11.52 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 Japan rose 9.61 percent to $10.91 billion.
    Exports rose 21.56 percent to $4.43 billion. Imports rose 2.71 percent to $6.48 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Germany rose 20.02 percent to $10.59 billion.
    Exports rose 6.07 percent to $3.56 billion. Imports rose 28.58 percent to $7.03 billion.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s top five trading partners through October accounted for 60.56 percent of its trade with the world.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport had trade surpluses with 132 countries and deficits with 83 through October. That compares with 133 surpluses and 84 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through October of this year were with Hong Kong, $1.38 billion; Australia, $650.62 million; and The Netherlands, $610.17 million. The top three deficits through October of this year were with China, $38.58 billion; Ireland, $14.58 billion; and Canada, $11.43 billion.

Through October it’s top exports were Civilian aircraft, parts; Medicines in individual dosages; Plasma, vaccines, blood; Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets; and Cell phones, related equipment, in that order. Those accounted for 42.63 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Cell phones, related equipment; Computers; Plasma, vaccines, blood; Medicines in individual dosages; and Oil, accounting for 56.11 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s exports:

  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 13.3 percent compared to last year to $6.92 billion.
  • Medicines in individual dosages fell 14.78 percent compared to last year to $3.67 billion.
  • Plasma, vaccines, blood rose 29.02 percent compared to last year to $3.24 billion.
  • Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets rose 2.31 percent compared to last year to $2.77 billion.
  • Cell phones, related equipment rose 3.11 percent compared to last year to $2 billion.

On the import side:

  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 7.14 percent compared to last year to $23.1 billion.
  • Computers fell 0.4 percent compared to last year to $13.21 billion.
  • Plasma, vaccines, blood rose 67.49 percent compared to last year to $12.11 billion.
  • Medicines in individual dosages rose 36.36 percent compared to last year to $11.18 billion.
  • Oil rose 36.33 percent compared to last year to $11.03 billion.

Last year Chicago O’Hare International Airport posted total trade with the world of $168.52 billion. The Port’s deficit was $77.32 billion . At the end of the year, the port’s top five trade partners were Canada, Germany, Iceland, Norway and The Netherlands. Exports totaled $45.6 billion and imports came to $122.92 billion.