Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Chicago O'Hare International Airport’s trade totaled $20.08 billion for the month of May, $90.51 billion through May of 2020, and $213.37 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
1China$25.75 B
2Ireland$7.76 B
3Germany$6.67 B
4Japan$6.12 B
5The Netherlands$5.11 B
6Canada$4.51 B
7Switzerland$4.41 B
8Singapore$2.37 B
9United Kingdom$2.28 B
10Taiwan$2.22 B

Overall Rank

Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s trade increases 11.25 percent through May

Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s trade with the world rose 11.25 percent, from $81.36 billion to $90.51 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.

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

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 China rose 8.96 percent to $25.75 billion.
    Exports rose 12.46 percent to $3.69 billion. Imports rose 8.4 percent to $22.05 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Ireland rose 5.69 percent to $7.76 billion.
    Exports rose 13.02 percent to $265.29 million. Imports rose 5.45 percent to $7.49 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Germany rose 26.26 percent to $6.67 billion.
    Exports rose 16.24 percent to $2.09 billion. Imports rose 31.41 percent to $4.59 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 Japan rose 16.59 percent to $6.12 billion.
    Exports rose 23.78 percent to $2.34 billion. Imports rose 12.54 percent to $3.77 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 The Netherlands rose 60.26 percent to $5.11 billion.
    Exports rose 11.04 percent to $1.38 billion. Imports rose 91.9 percent to $3.72 billion.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s top five trading partners through May accounted for 56.79 percent of its trade with the world.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport had trade surpluses with 120 countries and deficits with 87 through May. That compares with 122 surpluses and 82 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through May of this year were with Hong Kong, $382.59 million; Russia, $300.71 million; and Australia, $293.04 million. The top three deficits through May of this year were with China, $18.36 billion; Ireland, $7.23 billion; and Canada, $4.49 billion.

Through May its top exports were Medicines in individual dosages; Civilian aircraft, parts; Plasma, vaccines, blood; Medical instruments; and Cell phones, related equipment, in that order. Those accounted for 42.9 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Cell phones, related equipment; Plasma, vaccines, blood; Computers; Medicines in individual dosages; and Returned exports, without change, accounting for 57.77 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Medicines in individual dosages rose 20.71 percent compared to last year to $2.21 billion.
  • Civilian aircraft, parts fell 27.17 percent compared to last year to $2.17 billion.
  • Plasma, vaccines, blood rose 30.5 percent compared to last year to $2.07 billion.
  • Medical instruments rose 30.01 percent compared to last year to $1.89 billion.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 7.55 percent compared to last year to $739.22 million.

On the import side:

  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 6.4 percent compared to last year to $9.97 billion.
  • Plasma, vaccines, blood rose 48.55 percent compared to last year to $8.07 billion.
  • Computers rose 20.12 percent compared to last year to $8.07 billion.
  • Medicines in individual dosages rose 20.22 percent compared to last year to $7.73 billion.
  • Returned exports, without change rose 41.1 percent compared to last year to $6.23 billion.

Last year Chicago O’Hare International Airport posted total trade with the world of $213.37 billion. The Port’s deficit was $112.48 billion. Exports totaled $50.45 billion and imports came to $162.92 billion.