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Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Chicago O'Hare International Airport’s trade totaled $13.65 billion for the month of February, $29.07 billion through February of 2019, and $205.04 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
1China$8.14 B
2Ireland$2.86 B
3Japan$2.11 B
4Switzerland$1.99 B
5Germany$1.9 B
6Canada$1.17 B
7United Kingdom$1.11 B
8The Netherlands$999.04 M
9France$923.12 M
10Denmark$720.88 M

Overall Rank

Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s trade decreases 1.25 percent through February

Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s trade with the world fell 1.25 percent, from $29.44 billion to $29.07 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.

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

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 China fell 13.51 percent to $8.14 billion.
    Exports fell 9.18 percent to $1.07 billion. Imports fell 14.13 percent to $7.08 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Ireland fell 4.72 percent to $2.86 billion.
    Exports rose 12.19 percent to $132.66 million. Imports fell 5.42 percent to $2.73 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Japan rose 5.82 percent to $2.11 billion.
    Exports fell 10.51 percent to $729.47 million. Imports rose 17.07 percent to $1.39 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 Switzerland rose 78.28 percent to $1.99 billion.
    Exports fell 38.18 percent to $83.05 million. Imports rose 94.19 percent to $1.91 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Germany rose 9.18 percent to $1.9 billion.
    Exports fell 1.41 percent to $656.56 million. Imports rose 15.74 percent to $1.25 billion.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s top five trading partners through February accounted for 58.52 percent of its trade with the world.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport had trade surpluses with 108 countries and deficits with 77 through February. That compares with 112 surpluses and 78 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through February of this year were with Hong Kong, $162.22 million; Belgium, $149.32 million; and United Kingdom, $86.88 million. The top three deficits through February of this year were with China, $6.01 billion; Ireland, $2.6 billion; and Switzerland, $1.83 billion.

Through February 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 40.68 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Cell phones, related equipment; Medicines in individual dosages; Computers; Plasma, vaccines, blood; and Value added to a returned import, accounting for 55.01 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Civilian aircraft, parts fell 20.11 percent compared to last year to $884.13 million.
  • Medicines in individual dosages fell 13.23 percent compared to last year to $633.18 million.
  • Plasma, vaccines, blood rose 0.99 percent compared to last year to $586.84 million.
  • Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets rose 6.65 percent compared to last year to $517.92 million.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 6.06 percent compared to last year to $300.84 million.

On the import side:

  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 16.64 percent compared to last year to $3.51 billion.
  • Medicines in individual dosages rose 30.46 percent compared to last year to $2.62 billion.
  • Computers rose 0.4 percent compared to last year to $2.09 billion.
  • Plasma, vaccines, blood fell 11.61 percent compared to last year to $2 billion.
  • Value added to a returned import rose 80.54 percent compared to last year to $1.82 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, The Netherlands, Iceland, Germany and Norway. Exports totaled $45.6 billion and imports came to $122.92 billion.