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Port of Wilmington, N.C.

Port of Wilmington, N.C.’s trade totaled $889.73 million for the month of May, $4.38 billion through May of 2019, and $9.88 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
1Saudi Arabia$958.78 M
2United Kingdom$605.04 M
3China$554.63 M
4Germany$365.1 M
5Honduras$300.37 M
6Belgium$237.11 M
7The Netherlands$201.58 M
8United Arab Emirates$131.37 M
9South Korea$107 M
10Guatemala$67.33 M

Overall Rank

Port of Wilmington, N.C.’s trade increases 4.92 percent through May

Port of Wilmington, N.C.’s trade with the world rose 4.92 percent, from $4.18 billion to $4.38 billion through the first five 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 $1.71 trillion, with exports at $685.55 billion and imports at $1.03 trillion. The nation’s total trade increased 0.56 percent compared to the same period last year. Exports rose 0.12 percent and imports rose 0.86 percent.

Port of Wilmington, N.C. ranked No. 71 for total trade among the nation’s roughly 450 airports, seaports and border crossings through May 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 May Port of Wilmington, N.C.’s top trade partners were No. 1 Saudi Arabia, No. 2 United Kingdom, No. 3 China, No. 4 Germany and No. 5 Honduras. Through the same period of the previous year, the top trade partners were held by Saudi Arabia, China, United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium, respectively.

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 Saudi Arabia rose 13.2 percent to $958.78 million.
    Exports rose 27.02 percent to $942.63 million. Imports fell 84.6 percent to $16.16 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 United Kingdom fell 10.89 percent to $605.04 million.
    Exports fell 29.56 percent to $344.89 million. Imports rose 37.43 percent to $260.15 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 China fell 21.76 percent to $554.63 million.
    Exports fell 39.82 percent to $115.78 million. Imports fell 15.04 percent to $438.84 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Germany rose 3.23 percent to $365.1 million.
    Exports fell 11.41 percent to $90.35 million. Imports rose 9.16 percent to $274.75 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Honduras rose 55.6 percent to $300.37 million.
    Exports rose 65.08 percent to $155.93 million. Imports rose 46.52 percent to $144.44 million.

Port of Wilmington, N.C.’s top five trading partners through May accounted for 63.53 percent of its trade with the world.

Port of Wilmington, N.C. had trade surpluses with 41 countries and deficits with 60 through May. That compares with 39 surpluses and 55 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through May of this year were with Saudi Arabia, $926.47 million; United Arab Emirates, $124.55 million; and United Kingdom, $84.74 million. The top three deficits through May of this year were with China, $323.06 million; Germany, $184.41 million; and Nicaragua, $62.95 million.

Through May its top exports were Bombs, grenades, cartridges, parts; Defense-related aircraft, parts; Motor vehicle parts; Cotton yarn; and Chemical wood pulp, not dissolving grade, in that order. Those accounted for 50.18 percent of its total outbound trade. The Port’s top imports were Sweaters, pullovers, vests, knit or crocheted; T-shirts, tank tops, knit or crocheted; Motor vehicle parts; Nitrogenous fertilizers; and Self-propelled heavy construction machinery, accounting for 20.12 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Port of Wilmington, N.C.’s exports:

  • Bombs, grenades, cartridges, parts fell 5.28 percent compared to last year to $627.93 million.
  • Defense-related aircraft, parts rose 52.75 percent compared to last year to $278.82 million.
  • Motor vehicle parts rose 23.59 percent compared to last year to $157.79 million.
  • Cotton yarn rose 34 percent compared to last year to $74.59 million.
  • Chemical wood pulp, not dissolving grade fell 15.15 percent compared to last year to $73.3 million.

On the import side:

  • Sweaters, pullovers, vests, knit or crocheted rose 103.44 percent compared to last year to $145.77 million.
  • T-shirts, tank tops, knit or crocheted rose 147.45 percent compared to last year to $70.97 million.
  • Motor vehicle parts fell 1.18 percent compared to last year to $68.12 million.
  • Nitrogenous fertilizers rose 22.51 percent compared to last year to $56.37 million.
  • Self-propelled heavy construction machinery rose 16.6 percent compared to last year to $54.29 million.

Last year Port of Wilmington, N.C. posted total trade with the world of $9.88 billion. The Port’s surplus was $836.84 million. At the end of the year, the port’s top five trade partners were Saudi Arabia, China, United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium. Exports totaled $5.36 billion and imports came to $4.52 billion.