January – June 2017

Top US Trading Partners

Total YTD: $1.26 trillion

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $289,927,747,797
2China $289,148,721,075
3Mexico $273,873,558,522
4Japan $99,502,887,267
5Germany $82,772,461,278
6South Korea $60,105,712,959
7United Kingdom $53,779,778,938
8France $39,310,427,609
9India $35,716,133,906
10Taiwan $33,211,463,156

U.S. trade increases 6.88 percent through June

U.S. trade with the world rose to $1.89 trillion through the first six months of 2017, according to a WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

That’s a 6.88 percent increase over the same time period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 6.49 percent to $757.52 billion and imports climbed 7.13 percent to $1.14 trillion. The overall trade deficit was $377.8 billion up compared to the same period last year, when the deficit was $348.36 billion.

Through June, the nation’s top trade partners were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 China, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 Japan and No. 5 Germany. The same time period last year, the top five spots were held by No. 1 Canada, No. 2 China, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 Japan and No. 5 Germany, respectively.

Taking a closer look at the leading U.S. trade partners:

  • No. 1 Canada’s trade rose 6.98 percent to $289.93 billion. Exports rose 4.15 percent to $139.56 billion. Imports rose 9.73 percent to $150.37 billion.
  • No. 2 China’s trade rose 9.75 percent to $289.15 billion. Exports rose 15.65 percent to $59.24 billion. Imports rose 8.32 percent to $229.91 billion.
  • No. 3 Mexico’s trade rose 5.83 percent to $273.87 billion. Exports rose 4.56 percent to $118.79 billion. Imports rose 6.82 percent to $155.08 billion.
  • No. 4 Japan’s trade rose 5.87 percent to $99.5 billion. Exports rose 8.71 percent to $32.77 billion. Imports rose 4.53 percent to $66.73 billion.
  • No. 5 Germany’s trade rose 1.98 percent to $82.77 billion. Exports rose 7.23 percent to $26.12 billion. Imports fell 0.28 percent to $56.66 billion.

The nation’s top five trading partners through June accounted for 45.31 percent of its trade with the world.

The U.S. had trade surpluses with 129 countries and deficits with 104 through June. That compares with 133 surpluses and 100 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through June of this year were with Hong Kong, $16.55 billion; The Netherlands, $12.74 billion; Belgium, $7.85 billion. The top three deficits were with China, $170.67 billion; Mexico, $36.29 billion; and Japan, $33.97 billion.

January – June 2017

Top US Exports

Top 10 Total YTD: $231.89 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Civilian aircraft, parts $57,247,677,705
2Gasoline, other fuels $36,745,694,619
3Motor vehicles for transporting people $27,525,794,465
4Motor vehicle parts $22,554,092,333
5Computer chips $18,452,055,844
6Low value shipments $16,783,262,338
7Cell phones, related equipment $16,636,919,633
8Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets $13,091,339,857
9Computers $11,827,576,004
10Medicines in individual dosages $11,020,659,770

January – June 2017

Top US Imports

Top 10 Total YTD: $392.76 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Motor vehicles for transporting people $87,177,990,779
2Oil $67,863,440,553
3Cell phones, related equipment $49,768,642,468
4Computers $37,585,646,509
5Motor vehicle parts $32,856,850,571
6Medicines in individual dosages $32,605,773,924
7Exports returned, without change $32,585,929,865
8Gasoline, other fuels $22,415,008,063
9Computer chips $16,447,066,494
10Commercial vehicles $13,457,710,980

The nation’s top five exports by value through June were civilian aircraft, parts; gasoline, other fuels; motor vehicles for transporting people; motor vehicle parts; and computer chips in that order. Those accounted for 21.45 percent of its total outbound trade.

The value of the nation’s top five imports through June were, motor vehicles for transporting people; oil; cell phones, related equipment; computers; and motor vehicle parts. They accounted for 24.24 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at U.S. exports:

  • No. 1 Civilian aircraft, parts fell 2.36 percent compared to last year to $57.25 billion.
  • No. 2 Gasoline, other fuels rose 19 percent compared to last year to $36.75 billion.
  • No. 3 Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 2.79 percent compared to last year to $27.53 billion.
  • No. 4 Motor vehicle parts rose 5.29 percent compared to last year to $22.55 billion.
  • No. 5 Computer chips rose 5.68 percent compared to last year to $18.45 billion.

On the import side:

  • No. 1 Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 5.47 percent compared to last year to $87.18 billion.
  • No. 2 Oil rose 53.85 percent compared to last year to $67.86 billion.
  • No. 3 Cell phones, related equipment rose 8.7 percent compared to last year to $49.77 billion.
  • No. 4 Computers rose 2.85 percent compared to last year to $37.59 billion.
  • No. 5 Motor vehicle parts rose 0.29 percent compared to last year to $32.86 billion.

Through June the nation’s top five Custom’s Districts were No. 1 Los Angeles, No. 2 New York City, No. 3 Laredo, No. 4 Detroit and No. 5 New Orleans . The same time period last year the top five spots were No. 1 Los Angeles, No. 2 New York City, No. 3 Laredo, No. 4 Detroit and No. 5 Chicago, respectively

Taking a closer look at the leading U.S. Customs districts:

  • Trade with No. 1 Los Angeles rose 9.55 percent to $207.14 billion.
    Exports rose 14.74 percent to $65.52 billion. Imports rose 7.31 percent to $141.62 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 New York City rose 1.81 percent to $176.91 billion.
    Exports rose 0.65 percent to $68.24 billion. Imports rose 2.55 percent to $108.67 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Laredo rose 6.9 percent to $149.08 billion.
    Exports rose 6.25 percent to $61.85 billion. Imports rose 7.37 percent to $87.22 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 Detroit rose 7.3 percent to $133.74 billion.
    Exports rose 8.84 percent to $65.43 billion. Imports rose 5.87 percent to $68.31 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 New Orleans rose 14.4 percent to $103.62 billion.
    Exports rose 16.82 percent to $44.03 billion. Imports rose 12.67 percent to $59.59 billion.

The nation’s top five Customs districts through June accounted for 40.71 percent of U.S. trade with the world.

Among U.S. Customs districts, 13 registered surpluses and 33 registered deficits through June. That compares with 12 surpluses and 34 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through June of this year were with Houston, $11.27 billion, Seattle $6.12 billion, and Miami $4.4 billion. The top three deficits were with Los Angeles, $76.1 billion, Chicago $55.93 billion, and New York City $40.43 billion.