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Philadelphia International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport’s trade totaled $1.19 billion for the month of September, $12.22 billion through September of 2019, and $13.84 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
1United Kingdom$2.7 B
2Italy$2.6 B
3Germany$1.44 B
4Switzerland$1.07 B
5France$862.52 M
6Ireland$626.39 M
7The Netherlands$509.08 M
8Austria$388.86 M
9Belgium$205.58 M
10India$202.91 M

Overall Rank

Philadelphia International Airport’s trade increases 22.15 percent through September

Philadelphia International Airport’s trade with the world rose 22.15 percent, from $10.01 billion to $12.22 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.

Philadelphia International Airport ranked No. 57 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 Philadelphia International Airport’s top trade partners were No. 1 United Kingdom, No. 2 Italy, No. 3 Germany, No. 4 Switzerland and No. 5 France. Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland, respectively.

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 United Kingdom rose 39.87 percent to $2.7 billion.
    Exports rose 2.23 percent to $1.52 billion. Imports rose 166.3 percent to $1.18 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Italy rose 157.75 percent to $2.6 billion.
    Exports fell 48.71 percent to $279.74 million. Imports rose 400.96 percent to $2.32 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Germany rose 2.14 percent to $1.44 billion.
    Exports rose 0.08 percent to $794.32 million. Imports rose 4.78 percent to $646.06 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Switzerland rose 16.3 percent to $1.07 billion.
    Exports fell 17.18 percent to $143.46 million. Imports rose 24.06 percent to $926.42 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 France fell 2.39 percent to $862.52 million.
    Exports rose 2.37 percent to $526.17 million. Imports fell 9 percent to $336.34 million.

Philadelphia International Airport’s top five trading partners through September accounted for 70.93 percent of its trade with the world.

Philadelphia International Airport had trade surpluses with 125 countries and deficits with 49 through September. That compares with 126 surpluses and 47 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through September of this year were with United Kingdom, $340.91 million; France, $189.83 million; and Germany, $148.25 million. The top three deficits through September of this year were with Italy, $2.04 billion; Switzerland, $782.96 million; and Austria, $306.91 million.

Through September its top exports were Medicines in individual dosages; Plasma, vaccines, blood; Civilian aircraft, parts; Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets; and Orthopedic appliances, artificial body parts, in that order. Those accounted for 35.72 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Medicines in individual dosages; Value added to a returned import; Plasma, vaccines, blood; Nucleic acids and salts, heterocyclic compounds; and Sulfonamides, accounting for 75.23 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Philadelphia International Airport’s exports:

  • Medicines in individual dosages rose 56.32 percent compared to last year to $567.58 million.
  • Plasma, vaccines, blood fell 38.48 percent compared to last year to $339.84 million.
  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 6.24 percent compared to last year to $325.98 million.
  • Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets rose 2.49 percent compared to last year to $292.82 million.
  • Orthopedic appliances, artificial body parts rose 20.82 percent compared to last year to $230.17 million.

On the import side:

  • Medicines in individual dosages rose 146.83 percent compared to last year to $3.64 billion.
  • Value added to a returned import rose 65.76 percent compared to last year to $620.58 million.
  • Plasma, vaccines, blood fell 41.03 percent compared to last year to $617.61 million.
  • Nucleic acids and salts, heterocyclic compounds rose 976.19 percent compared to last year to $382.44 million.
  • Sulfonamides rose 595.39 percent compared to last year to $232.58 million.

Last year Philadelphia International Airport posted total trade with the world of $13.84 billion. The Port’s surplus was $479.3 million. At the end of the year, the port’s top five trade partners were United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Switzerland. Exports totaled $7.16 billion and imports came to $6.68 billion.

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