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Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Texas

Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Texas’s trade totaled $1.25 billion for the month of September, $11.33 billion through September of 2019, and $14.13 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
1Germany$1.06 B
2The Netherlands$979.45 M
3United Kingdom$925.29 M
4China$765.38 M
5Singapore$531.48 M
6France$522.18 M
7United Arab Emirates$517.58 M
8Saudi Arabia$472.03 M
9Japan$467.65 M
10Brazil$390.39 M

Overall Rank

Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Texas’s trade increases 8.29 percent through September

Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Texas’s trade with the world rose 8.29 percent, from $10.46 billion to $11.33 billion through the first nine 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 $3.11 trillion, with exports at $1.23 trillion and imports at $1.88 trillion. The nation’s total trade decreased 0.61 percent compared to the same period last year. Exports fell 1.01 percent and imports fell 0.35 percent.

Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Texas ranked No. 60 for total trade among the nation’s roughly 450 airports, seaports and border crossings through September 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 September Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Texas’s top trade partners were No. 1 Germany, No. 2 The Netherlands, No. 3 United Kingdom, No. 4 China and No. 5 Singapore. Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, China and Saudi Arabia, respectively.

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 Germany fell 11.34 percent to $1.06 billion.
    Exports fell 6.19 percent to $409.07 million. Imports fell 14.31 percent to $649 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 The Netherlands rose 4.93 percent to $979.45 million.
    Exports fell 3.03 percent to $784.48 million. Imports rose 56.76 percent to $194.97 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 United Kingdom rose 0.59 percent to $925.29 million.
    Exports rose 5.29 percent to $462.16 million. Imports fell 3.69 percent to $463.13 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 China fell 16.03 percent to $765.38 million.
    Exports fell 21.37 percent to $268.33 million. Imports fell 12.84 percent to $497.05 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Singapore rose 18.75 percent to $531.48 million.
    Exports rose 21.07 percent to $436.7 million. Imports rose 9.12 percent to $94.78 million.

Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Texas’s top five trading partners through September accounted for 37.61 percent of its trade with the world.

Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Texas had trade surpluses with 135 countries and deficits with 63 through September. That compares with 135 surpluses and 61 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through September of this year were with The Netherlands, $589.52 million; United Arab Emirates, $447.9 million; and Saudi Arabia, $425.17 million. The top three deficits through September of this year were with Germany, $239.92 million; China, $228.73 million; and France, $217.39 million.

Through September its top exports were Civilian aircraft, parts; Cell phones, related equipment; Computers; Taps, cocks and valves for pipes, tanks; and Parts for heavy machinery, in that order. Those accounted for 35.97 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Value added to a returned import; Cell phones, related equipment; Aircraft, Spacecraft, Satellites; Defense-related aircraft, parts; and Taps, cocks and valves for pipes, tanks, accounting for 37.47 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Texas’s exports:

  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 4.49 percent compared to last year to $659.26 million.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 2.76 percent compared to last year to $557.93 million.
  • Computers rose 18.64 percent compared to last year to $526.17 million.
  • Taps, cocks and valves for pipes, tanks rose 11.14 percent compared to last year to $418.5 million.
  • Parts for heavy machinery rose 25.23 percent compared to last year to $351.45 million.

On the import side:

  • Value added to a returned import rose 9.58 percent compared to last year to $539.74 million.
  • Cell phones, related equipment rose 9.8 percent compared to last year to $394.28 million.
  • Aircraft, Spacecraft, Satellites rose 5032.96 percent compared to last year to $272.22 million.
  • Defense-related aircraft, parts rose 154.69 percent compared to last year to $236.48 million.
  • Taps, cocks and valves for pipes, tanks rose 6.58 percent compared to last year to $183.76 million.

Last year Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Texas posted total trade with the world of $14.13 billion. The Port’s surplus was $2.94 billion. At the end of the year, the port’s top five trade partners were Germany, The Netherlands, China, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. Exports totaled $8.54 billion and imports came to $5.6 billion.

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