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Port of New Orleans

Port of New Orleans’s trade totaled $11.04 billion for the month of April, $43.53 billion through April 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$4.15 B
2Germany$3.5 B
3United Kingdom$2.74 B
4Mexico$2.61 B
5China$2.36 B
6Ireland$1.9 B
7France$1.76 B
8Singapore$1.59 B
9Malaysia$1.27 B
10The Netherlands$1.2 B

Overall Rank

Port of New Orleans’s trade decreases 3.78 percent through April

Port of New Orleans’s trade with the world fell 3.78 percent, from $45.23 billion to $43.53 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 New Orleans ranked No. 8 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 New Orleans’s top trade partners were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Germany, No. 3 United Kingdom, No. 4 Mexico and No. 5 China. 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 3.08 percent to $4.15 billion.
    Exports rose 0.74 percent to $2.54 billion. Imports fell 8.54 percent to $1.62 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Germany rose 1.8 percent to $3.5 billion.
    Exports fell 1.22 percent to $1.47 billion. Imports rose 4.12 percent to $2.03 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 United Kingdom rose 29.35 percent to $2.74 billion.
    Exports rose 42.23 percent to $1.41 billion. Imports rose 18.04 percent to $1.33 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 Mexico rose 4.25 percent to $2.61 billion.
    Exports rose 8.44 percent to $1.67 billion. Imports fell 2.49 percent to $936.42 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 China fell 36.89 percent to $2.36 billion.
    Exports fell 37.03 percent to $698.24 million. Imports fell 36.82 percent to $1.66 billion.

Port of New Orleans’s top five trading partners through April accounted for 35.29 percent of its trade with the world.

Port of New Orleans had trade surpluses with 135 countries and deficits with 81 through April. That compares with 122 surpluses and 90 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through April of this year were with Canada, $920.32 million; Hong Kong, $796.41 million; and Mexico, $737.75 million. The top three deficits through April of this year were with Ireland, $1.34 billion; Malaysia, $1.09 billion; and China, $959.8 million.

Through April its top exports were Civilian aircraft, parts; Gasoline, other fuels; Cell phones, related equipment; Corn; and Soybeans, in that order. Those accounted for 35.79 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Value added to a returned import; Computer chips; Plasma, vaccines, blood; Gasoline, other fuels; and Orthopedic appliances, artificial body parts, accounting for 30.42 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 36.92 percent compared to last year to $2.32 billion.
  • Gasoline, other fuels fell 23.36 percent compared to last year to $2.2 billion.
  • Cell phones, related equipment rose 25.78 percent compared to last year to $1.27 billion.
  • Corn rose 25.43 percent compared to last year to $1.02 billion.
  • Soybeans fell 30.09 percent compared to last year to $965.13 million.

On the import side:

  • Value added to a returned import fell 10.03 percent compared to last year to $2.4 billion.
  • Computer chips fell 13.01 percent compared to last year to $1.33 billion.
  • Plasma, vaccines, blood rose 476.89 percent compared to last year to $1.03 billion.
  • Gasoline, other fuels fell 15.52 percent compared to last year to $990.16 million.
  • Orthopedic appliances, artificial body parts fell 12.75 percent compared to last year to $875.33 million.

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.