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Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Chicago O'Hare International Airport’s trade totaled $18.05 billion for the month of August, $136.46 billion through August 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$40.78 B
2Ireland$10.96 B
3Japan$8.81 B
4Germany$8.77 B
5Canada$8.02 B
6Switzerland$6.21 B
7The Netherlands$5.73 B
8United Kingdom$4.85 B
9France$4.16 B
10South Korea$3.35 B

Overall Rank

Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s trade increases 3.06 percent through August

Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s trade with the world rose 3.06 percent, from $132.41 billion to $136.46 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.

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

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 China fell 0.5 percent to $40.78 billion.
    Exports fell 7.14 percent to $5.34 billion. Imports rose 0.59 percent to $35.44 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Ireland fell 16.59 percent to $10.96 billion.
    Exports fell 40.05 percent to $423.38 million. Imports fell 15.26 percent to $10.54 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Japan rose 1.11 percent to $8.81 billion.
    Exports fell 7.55 percent to $3.25 billion. Imports rose 6.98 percent to $5.55 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 Germany rose 5.11 percent to $8.77 billion.
    Exports rose 4.18 percent to $2.92 billion. Imports rose 5.58 percent to $5.85 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Canada fell 13.1 percent to $8.02 billion.
    Exports fell 54.89 percent to $33.67 million. Imports fell 12.76 percent to $7.98 billion.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s top five trading partners through August accounted for 56.67 percent of its trade with the world.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport had trade surpluses with 120 countries and deficits with 94 through August. That compares with 132 surpluses and 78 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through August of this year were with Hong Kong, $788 million; Belgium, $448.5 million; and United Arab Emirates, $340.92 million. The top three deficits through August of this year were with China, $30.1 billion; Ireland, $10.11 billion; and Canada, $7.95 billion.

Through August its 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 43.55 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Cell phones, related equipment; Computers; Medicines in individual dosages; Plasma, vaccines, blood; and Oil, accounting for 55.18 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Civilian aircraft, parts fell 8.93 percent compared to last year to $4.97 billion.
  • Medicines in individual dosages rose 16.83 percent compared to last year to $3.2 billion.
  • Plasma, vaccines, blood rose 3.69 percent compared to last year to $2.62 billion.
  • Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets rose 10.44 percent compared to last year to $2.42 billion.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 22.88 percent compared to last year to $1.26 billion.

On the import side:

  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 8.71 percent compared to last year to $16.55 billion.
  • Computers rose 25.22 percent compared to last year to $12.67 billion.
  • Medicines in individual dosages rose 20.14 percent compared to last year to $10.54 billion.
  • Plasma, vaccines, blood fell 1.52 percent compared to last year to $9.49 billion.
  • Oil fell 11.87 percent compared to last year to $7.71 billion.

Last year Chicago O’Hare International Airport posted total trade with the world of $205.04 billion. The Port’s deficit was $100.51 billion. At the end of the year, the port’s top five trade partners were China, Ireland, Canada, Japan and Germany. Exports totaled $52.27 billion and imports came to $152.77 billion.