Port of New Orleans

Port of New Orleans’s trade totaled $11.03 billion for the month of December, $132.2 billion for all 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

RankPort2019
1Canada$12.52 B
2Germany$9.76 B
3China$9.01 B
4United Kingdom$8.96 B
5Mexico$7.33 B
6France$5.44 B
7Singapore$4.86 B
8Ireland$4.66 B
9Malaysia$4.54 B
10The Netherlands$4.21 B

Overall Rank

Port of New Orleans’s trade decreases 3.85 percent in 2019.

Port of New Orleans’s trade with the world fell 3.85 percent, from $137.49 billion to $132.2 billion in 2019 when compared to 2018, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

In 2019, the nation’s total trade was $4.14 trillion, with exports at $1.65 trillion and imports at $2.49 trillion. The nation’s total trade decreased 1.46 percent compared to 2018. Exports fell 1.13 percent and imports fell 1.67 percent.

Port of New Orleans ranked No. 8 for total trade among the nation’s roughly 450 airports, seaports and border crossings in 2019.

The nation’s top five “ports” — airports, seaports and border crossings — in 2019, by value, were Port of Los Angeles; Port Laredo; Chicago O’Hare International Airport; Port of Newark and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

In 2019 Port of New Orleans’s top trade partners were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Germany, No. 3 China, No. 4 United Kingdom and No. 5 Mexico. In 2018, 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 2.99 percent to $12.52 billion.
    Exports fell 2.77 percent to $7.47 billion. Imports fell 3.3 percent to $5.05 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Germany fell 6.1 percent to $9.76 billion.
    Exports fell 10.28 percent to $4.05 billion. Imports fell 2.88 percent to $5.71 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 China fell 14.68 percent to $9.01 billion.
    Exports rose 37.05 percent to $3.93 billion. Imports fell 33.99 percent to $5.08 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 United Kingdom rose 21.85 percent to $8.96 billion.
    Exports rose 28.2 percent to $4.7 billion. Imports rose 15.55 percent to $4.27 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Mexico fell 9.26 percent to $7.33 billion.
    Exports fell 11.82 percent to $4.48 billion. Imports fell 4.91 percent to $2.84 billion.

Port of New Orleans’s top five trading partners in 2019 accounted for 36 percent of its trade with the world.

Port of New Orleans had trade surpluses with 146 countries and deficits with 81 in 2019. That compares with 142 surpluses and 83 deficits for 2018. The top three surpluses were with Canada, $2.42 billion; Hong Kong, $2.23 billion; and The Netherlands, $2.05 billion. The top three deficits were with Malaysia, $4.05 billion; Ireland, $3.12 billion; and Russia, $2.72 billion.

In 2019 its top exports were Gasoline, other fuels; Civilian aircraft, parts; Soybeans; Cell phones, related equipment; and Computer chips, in that order. Those accounted for 40.57 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Value added to a returned import; Computer chips; Gasoline, other fuels; Cell phones, related equipment; and Orthopedic appliances, artificial body parts, accounting for 32.48 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Gasoline, other fuels fell 9.32 percent compared to last year to $7.87 billion.
  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 41.08 percent compared to last year to $7.61 billion.
  • Soybeans rose 44.54 percent compared to last year to $4.98 billion.
  • Cell phones, related equipment rose 36.65 percent compared to last year to $4.2 billion.
  • Computer chips fell 5.2 percent compared to last year to $2.85 billion.

On the import side:

  • Value added to a returned import fell 11.08 percent compared to last year to $7.22 billion.
  • Computer chips fell 2.95 percent compared to last year to $5.33 billion.
  • Gasoline, other fuels fell 8.12 percent compared to last year to $3.35 billion.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 12.2 percent compared to last year to $2.54 billion.
  • Orthopedic appliances, artificial body parts fell 19.59 percent compared to last year to $2.47 billion.

In 2018 Port of New Orleans posted total trade with the world of $137.49 billion. The Port’s deficit was $2.21 billion. Exports totaled $67.64 billion and imports came to $69.85 billion.