Houston Int’l Airport

Houston Int'l Airport’s trade totaled $698.86 million for the month of May, $4.88 billion through May of 2020, and $15.25 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
1Germany$473.64 M
2The Netherlands$412.75 M
3United Kingdom$369.69 M
4United Arab Emirates$359.28 M
5Saudi Arabia$242.56 M
6France$204.52 M
7Japan$191.43 M
8Brazil$190.11 M
9China$182.65 M
10Norway$146.66 M

Overall Rank

Houston Int’l Airport’s trade decreases 23.51 percent through May

Houston Int’l Airport’s trade with the world fell 23.51 percent, from $6.37 billion to $4.88 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.

Houston Int’l Airport ranked No. 59 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 Houston Int’l Airport’s top trade partners were No. 1 Germany, No. 2 The Netherlands, No. 3 United Kingdom, No. 4 United Arab Emirates and No. 5 Saudi Arabia. Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, China and France, respectively.

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 Germany fell 24.86 percent to $473.64 million.
    Exports fell 31.47 percent to $249.41 million. Imports fell 15.83 percent to $224.24 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 The Netherlands fell 26.97 percent to $412.75 million.
    Exports rose 149.33 percent to $342.89 million. Imports fell 83.66 percent to $69.87 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 United Kingdom fell 23.55 percent to $369.69 million.
    Exports fell 12.36 percent to $199.6 million. Imports fell 33.52 percent to $170.09 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 United Arab Emirates rose 26.45 percent to $359.28 million.
    Exports rose 1583.57 percent to $348.74 million. Imports fell 96 percent to $10.54 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Saudi Arabia rose 0.85 percent to $242.56 million.
    Exports rose 1888.46 percent to $235.03 million. Imports fell 96.71 percent to $7.53 million.

Houston Int’l Airport’s top five trading partners through May accounted for 38.11 percent of its trade with the world.

Houston Int’l Airport had trade surpluses with 130 countries and deficits with 50 through May. That compares with 60 surpluses and 125 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through May of this year were with United Arab Emirates, $338.2 million; The Netherlands, $273.02 million; and Saudi Arabia, $227.5 million. The top three deficits through May of this year were with France, $81.62 million; Czech Republic, $44.61 million; and China, $25.69 million.

Through May its top exports were Civilian aircraft, parts; Computers; Cell phones, related equipment; Taps, cocks and valves for pipes, tanks; and Miscellaneous machines, parts, in that order. Those accounted for 35.47 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Returned exports, without change; Cell phones, related equipment; Misc. aircraft parts; Defense-related aircraft, parts; and Computers, accounting for 39.22 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Houston Int’l Airport’s exports:

  • Civilian aircraft, parts fell 35.52 percent compared to last year to $281.36 million.
  • Computers fell 6.26 percent compared to last year to $258.34 million.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 22.43 percent compared to last year to $239.69 million.
  • Taps, cocks and valves for pipes, tanks fell 15.43 percent compared to last year to $195.92 million.
  • Miscellaneous machines, parts fell 16.74 percent compared to last year to $157.19 million.

On the import side:

  • Returned exports, without change fell 36.99 percent compared to last year to $195.24 million.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 43.29 percent compared to last year to $151.39 million.
  • Misc. aircraft parts rose 123.13 percent compared to last year to $144.17 million.
  • Defense-related aircraft, parts fell 18.91 percent compared to last year to $93.74 million.
  • Computers fell 2.94 percent compared to last year to $75.09 million.

Last year Houston Int’l Airport posted total trade with the world of $15.25 billion. The Port’s surplus was $3.36 billion. Exports totaled $9.3 billion and imports came to $5.95 billion.