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Port of New Orleans

Port of New Orleans’s trade totaled $11.35 billion for the month of August, $87.55 billion through August of 2019, and $137.49 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
1Canada$8.32 B
2Germany$6.61 B
3United Kingdom$5.92 B
4China$5.63 B
5Mexico$4.9 B
6France$3.65 B
7Ireland$3.3 B
8Singapore$3.18 B
9Malaysia$2.76 B
10Brazil$2.57 B

Overall Rank

Port of New Orleans’s trade decreases 4.35 percent through August

Port of New Orleans’s trade with the world fell 4.35 percent, from $91.53 billion to $87.55 billion through the first eight 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 $2.77 trillion, with exports at $1.1 trillion and imports at $1.67 trillion. The nation’s total trade decreased 0.32 percent compared to the same period last year. Exports fell 0.71 percent and imports fell 0.07 percent.

Port of New Orleans ranked No. 8 for total trade among the nation’s roughly 450 airports, seaports and border crossings through August 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 August Port of New Orleans’s top trade partners were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Germany, No. 3 United Kingdom, No. 4 China and No. 5 Mexico. Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by Canada, China, Germany, Mexico and United Kingdom, respectively.

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 Canada fell 0.94 percent to $8.32 billion.
    Exports rose 2.14 percent to $4.96 billion. Imports fell 5.17 percent to $3.36 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Germany fell 5.01 percent to $6.61 billion.
    Exports fell 12.28 percent to $2.66 billion. Imports rose 0.6 percent to $3.95 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 United Kingdom rose 24.2 percent to $5.92 billion.
    Exports rose 32.02 percent to $3.1 billion. Imports rose 16.64 percent to $2.83 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 China fell 24.52 percent to $5.63 billion.
    Exports rose 13.63 percent to $2.19 billion. Imports fell 37.8 percent to $3.44 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Mexico fell 4.58 percent to $4.9 billion.
    Exports fell 1.04 percent to $3.08 billion. Imports fell 10.02 percent to $1.83 billion.

Port of New Orleans’s top five trading partners through August accounted for 35.85 percent of its trade with the world.

Port of New Orleans had trade surpluses with 142 countries and deficits with 81 through August. That compares with 137 surpluses and 85 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through August of this year were with Canada, $1.61 billion; Hong Kong, $1.45 billion; and Mexico, $1.25 billion. The top three deficits through August of this year were with Malaysia, $2.43 billion; Ireland, $2.23 billion; and Russia, $1.86 billion.

Through August its top exports were Gasoline, other fuels; Civilian aircraft, parts; Cell phones, related equipment; Soybeans; and Computer chips, in that order. Those accounted for 37.57 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Value added to a returned import; Computer chips; Gasoline, other fuels; Plasma, vaccines, blood; and Orthopedic appliances, artificial body parts, accounting for 31.12 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Port of New Orleans’s exports:

  • Gasoline, other fuels fell 11.31 percent compared to last year to $4.92 billion.
  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 39.68 percent compared to last year to $4.81 billion.
  • Cell phones, related equipment rose 30.63 percent compared to last year to $2.5 billion.
  • Soybeans rose 13.59 percent compared to last year to $2.32 billion.
  • Computer chips fell 4.85 percent compared to last year to $1.92 billion.

On the import side:

  • Value added to a returned import fell 11.56 percent compared to last year to $4.77 billion.
  • Computer chips fell 15.86 percent compared to last year to $3.19 billion.
  • Gasoline, other fuels fell 7.28 percent compared to last year to $2.22 billion.
  • Plasma, vaccines, blood rose 321.7 percent compared to last year to $1.73 billion.
  • Orthopedic appliances, artificial body parts fell 17.4 percent compared to last year to $1.7 billion.

Last year Port of New Orleans posted total trade with the world of $137.49 billion. The Port’s deficit was $2.21 billion. At the end of the year, the port’s top five trade partners were Canada, China, Germany, Mexico and United Kingdom. Exports totaled $67.64 billion and imports came to $69.85 billion.