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Port of Houston

Port of Houston’s trade totaled $13.95 billion for the month of April, $52.07 billion through April of 2019, and $159.79 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
1Mexico$4.84 B
2China$4.02 B
3Brazil$2.86 B
4Germany$2.71 B
5The Netherlands$2.43 B
6India$2.38 B
7South Korea$2.34 B
8Japan$1.93 B
9United Kingdom$1.82 B
10Italy$1.65 B

Overall Rank

Port of Houston’s trade increases 5.03 percent through April

Port of Houston’s trade with the world rose 5.03 percent, from $49.57 billion to $52.07 billion through the first four 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 $1.35 trillion, with exports at $543.34 billion and imports at $807.48 billion. The nation’s total trade increased 0.57 percent compared to the same period last year. Exports rose 0.58 percent and imports rose 0.56 percent.

Port of Houston ranked No. 6 for total trade among the nation’s roughly 450 airports, seaports and border crossings through April 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; Port of Newark; Chicago O’Hare International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Through April Port of Houston’s top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 China, No. 3 Brazil, No. 4 Germany and No. 5 The Netherlands. Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by Mexico, China, Brazil, Germany and The Netherlands, respectively.

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 Mexico fell 8.96 percent to $4.84 billion.
    Exports fell 8.64 percent to $2.96 billion. Imports fell 9.45 percent to $1.88 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 China fell 19.51 percent to $4.02 billion.
    Exports fell 49.52 percent to $1.03 billion. Imports rose 1.14 percent to $2.99 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Brazil fell 0.17 percent to $2.86 billion.
    Exports fell 1.42 percent to $1.92 billion. Imports rose 2.5 percent to $937 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Germany rose 17.95 percent to $2.71 billion.
    Exports rose 41.23 percent to $841.38 million. Imports rose 9.81 percent to $1.87 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 The Netherlands rose 9.53 percent to $2.43 billion.
    Exports rose 16.27 percent to $2.04 billion. Imports fell 16.19 percent to $385.15 million.

Port of Houston’s top five trading partners through April accounted for 32.38 percent of its trade with the world.

Port of Houston had trade surpluses with 141 countries and deficits with 54 through April. That compares with 130 surpluses and 69 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through April of this year were with The Netherlands, $1.65 billion; Japan, $1.33 billion; and Mexico, $1.08 billion. The top three deficits through April of this year were with China, $1.97 billion; Germany, $1.03 billion; and Italy, $512.54 million.

Through April its top exports were Oil; Gasoline, other fuels; Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons; Plastics; and Acyclic hydrocarbons, in that order. Those accounted for 58.06 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Oil; Gasoline, other fuels; Motor vehicles for transporting people; Seamless iron tubes and pipes; and Iron and steel pipes and tubing, accounting for 32.85 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Port of Houston’s exports:

  • Oil rose 148.72 percent compared to last year to $6.48 billion.
  • Gasoline, other fuels fell 14.4 percent compared to last year to $5.93 billion.
  • Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons fell 16.01 percent compared to last year to $2.55 billion.
  • Plastics rose 33.04 percent compared to last year to $1.75 billion.
  • Acyclic hydrocarbons rose 30.71 percent compared to last year to $872.36 million.

On the import side:

  • Oil fell 30.69 percent compared to last year to $2.57 billion.
  • Gasoline, other fuels rose 0.15 percent compared to last year to $2.04 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 33.66 percent compared to last year to $1.07 billion.
  • Seamless iron tubes and pipes fell 13.19 percent compared to last year to $875.85 million.
  • Iron and steel pipes and tubing fell 10.32 percent compared to last year to $598.36 million.

Last year Port of Houston posted total trade with the world of $159.79 billion. The Port’s surplus was $20.63 billion. At the end of the year, the port’s top five trade partners were Mexico, China, Brazil, Germany and The Netherlands. Exports totaled $90.21 billion and imports came to $69.58 billion.