January – September 2017

Port of Los Angeles Top Trading Partners

Total trade: $211 billion

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $105,394,109,599
2Japan $26,495,014,038
3Vietnam $13,205,607,694
4South Korea $11,070,256,682
5Taiwan $9,674,909,852
6Thailand $7,530,717,689
7Indonesia $5,100,000,779
8Malaysia $3,202,983,613
9Philippines $2,334,128,954
10India $2,284,610,140

January – September 2017

Top U.S. Trading Partners

Total U.S. trade: $2.86 trillion

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $455,786,843,733
2Canada $432,727,649,430
3Mexico $412,066,985,086
4Japan $150,877,114,644
5Germany $125,845,329,742
6South Korea $89,461,813,723
7United Kingdom $80,388,247,073
8France $59,605,250,254
9India $55,537,773,261
10Taiwan $50,197,496,887

Port of Los Angeles’s trade increases 4.87 percent through September

Port of Los Angeles’s trade with the world rose 4.87 percent, from $201.2 billion to $211 billion through the first nine months of 2017 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 $2.86 trillion, with exports at $1.14 trillion and imports at $1.72 trillion. The nation’s total trade increased 6.19 percent compared to the same period last year. Exports rose 5.97 percent and imports rose 6.33 percent.

Port of Los Angeles ranked No. 1 for total trade among the nation’s roughly 450 airports, seaports and border crossings through September of 2017. During the same period of 2016 it ranked No. 1. It finished No. 1 in the last full year.

The nation’s top five “ports” — airports, seaports and border crossings — so far this year, by value, are Port of Los Angeles; Laredo World Trade Bridge, Border Crossing, Texas; John F. Kennedy International Airport; Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Port of Newark.

Through September Port of Los Angeles’s top five trade partners were No. 1 China, No. 2 Japan, No. 3 Vietnam, No. 4 South Korea and No. 5 Taiwan . Through the same period of the previous year, the top five spots were held by China, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea and Taiwan, respectively

Taking a closer look at its leading trade partners:

  • Trade with No. 1 China rose 5.96 percent to $105.39 billion.
    Exports rose 14.39 percent to $6.4 billion. Imports rose 5.45 percent to $98.99 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 Japan fell 7.57 percent to $26.5 billion.
    Exports fell 12.47 percent to $4.25 billion. Imports fell 6.57 percent to $22.24 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Vietnam rose 18.52 percent to $13.21 billion.
    Exports fell 0.62 percent to $989.06 million. Imports rose 20.4 percent to $12.22 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 South Korea rose 5.75 percent to $11.07 billion.
    Exports fell 7.9 percent to $2.52 billion. Imports rose 10.57 percent to $8.55 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Taiwan rose 4.59 percent to $9.67 billion.
    Exports rose 20.01 percent to $1.52 billion. Imports rose 2.13 percent to $8.15 billion.

Port of Los Angeles’s top five trading partners through September accounted for 78.6 percent of its trade with the world.

Port of Los Angeles had trade surpluses with 72 countries and deficits with 137 through September. That compares with 70 surpluses and 142 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through September of this year were with Hong Kong, $1.04 billion; Singapore, $600.2 million; and Belgium, $159.46 million. The top three deficits through September of this year were with China, $92.59 billion; Japan, $17.99 billion; and Vietnam, $11.23 billion.

January – September 2017

Top Exports from Port of Los Angeles

Total Exports: $26.18 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Cotton $1,460,921,970
2Frozen beef $771,224,918
3Motor vehicle parts $766,072,135
4Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc. $689,670,808
5Motor vehicles for transporting people $533,636,227
6Scrap iron, steel $494,350,526
7Prepared foods, beverages $488,834,269
8Paper, paperboard scrap $407,077,645
9Soybeans $394,385,332
10Raw hides, skins of cows, horses $344,019,752

January – September 2017

Top Imports from Port of Los Angeles

Total Imports: $184.82 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Motor vehicles for transporting people $8,867,828,971
2Computers $7,631,591,592
3Motor vehicle parts $6,294,290,295
4TVs, computer monitors $5,245,027,452
5Printers, all types, parts $5,142,940,562
6Furniture, parts $4,251,225,017
7Cell phones, related equipment $3,580,551,251
8Shoes made of textile $3,477,827,722
9Sweaters, pullovers, vests, knit or crocheted $3,380,534,215
10Toys, children’s bicycles, games $3,238,018,477

Through September it’s top five exports by value September were Cotton; Frozen beef; Motor vehicle parts; Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc.; and Motor vehicles for transporting people, in that order. Those accounted for 16.12 percent of its total outbound trade. The value of the Port’s top five imports September were Motor vehicles for transporting people; Computers; Motor vehicle parts; TVs, computer monitors; and Printers, all types, parts, accounted for 17.95 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Port of Los Angeles’s exports:

  • Cotton rose 81.71 percent compared to last year to $1.46 billion.
  • Frozen beef rose 70.44 percent compared to last year to $771.22 million.
  • Motor vehicle parts rose 16.48 percent compared to last year to $766.07 million.
  • Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc. rose 36.3 percent compared to last year to $689.67 million.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 14.88 percent compared to last year to $533.64 million.

On the import side:

  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 12.78 percent compared to last year to $8.87 billion.
  • Computers rose 28.78 percent compared to last year to $7.63 billion.
  • Motor vehicle parts fell 7.32 percent compared to last year to $6.29 billion.
  • TVs, computer monitors rose 21.76 percent compared to last year to $5.25 billion.
  • Printers, all types, parts rose 1.8 percent compared to last year to $5.14 billion.

Last year Port of Los Angeles posted total trade with the world of $273.53 billion. The Port’s deficit was $208.18 billion . At the end of the year, the region’s top five partners were Canada, Iceland, Germany, United Kingdom and The Netherlands. Exports totaled $32.67 billion and imports came to $240.85 billion.