January – July 2017

Top US Trading Partners

Total YTD: $1.47 trillion

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $342,796,069,687
2Canada $334,703,689,769
3Mexico $318,272,610,056
4Japan $116,729,021,955
5Germany $96,657,771,567
6South Korea $70,172,968,159
7United Kingdom $62,069,988,956
8France $45,706,966,413
9India $42,153,295,048
10Taiwan $38,680,933,074

U.S. trade increases 6.67 percent through July

U.S. trade with the world rose to $2.21 trillion through the first seven months of 2017, according to a WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

That’s a 6.67 percent increase over the same time period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 6.31 percent to $879.69 billion and imports climbed 6.91 percent to $1.33 trillion. The overall trade deficit was $447.79 billion up compared to the same period last year, when the deficit was $414.15 billion.

Through July, the nation’s top trade partners were No. 1 China, No. 2 Canada, 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 China’s trade rose 9.83 percent to $342.8 billion. Exports rose 14.75 percent to $69.28 billion. Imports rose 8.65 percent to $273.51 billion.
  • No. 2 Canada’s trade rose 6.79 percent to $334.7 billion. Exports rose 4.28 percent to $161.44 billion. Imports rose 9.24 percent to $173.26 billion.
  • No. 3 Mexico’s trade rose 6.05 percent to $318.27 billion. Exports rose 5.01 percent to $138.53 billion. Imports rose 6.86 percent to $179.74 billion.
  • No. 4 Japan’s trade rose 5.71 percent to $116.73 billion. Exports rose 8.99 percent to $38.49 billion. Imports rose 4.16 percent to $78.24 billion.
  • No. 5 Germany’s trade rose 2.22 percent to $96.66 billion. Exports rose 6.79 percent to $30.28 billion. Imports rose 0.26 percent to $66.37 billion.

The nation’s top five trading partners through July accounted for 45.22 percent of its trade with the world.

The U.S. had trade surpluses with 129 countries and deficits with 104 through July. That compares with 129 surpluses and 104 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through July of this year were with Hong Kong, $18.74 billion; The Netherlands, $14.8 billion; Belgium, $8.79 billion. The top three deficits were with China, $204.23 billion; Mexico, $41.21 billion; and Japan, $39.74 billion.

January – July 2017

Top US Exports

Top 10 Total YTD: $270.54 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Civilian aircraft, parts $67,610,228,440
2Gasoline, other fuels $43,822,210,724
3Motor vehicles for transporting people $30,935,339,550
4Motor vehicle parts $25,859,039,764
5Computer chips $21,458,763,364
6Low value shipments $19,636,087,541
7Cell phones, related equipment $19,457,297,465
8Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets $15,270,115,034
9Computers $13,980,873,263
10Medicines in individual dosages $12,507,231,548

January – July 2017

Top US Imports

Top 10 Total YTD: $455.49 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Motor vehicles for transporting people $100,970,657,978
2Oil $78,064,867,799
3Cell phones, related equipment $57,794,189,637
4Computers $45,380,299,480
5Motor vehicle parts $37,850,735,347
6Exports returned, without change $37,835,994,545
7Medicines in individual dosages $37,072,155,486
8Gasoline, other fuels $26,069,894,602
9Computer chips $18,987,636,852
10Commercial vehicles $15,466,662,389

The nation’s top five exports by value through July were civilian aircraft, parts; gasoline, other fuels; motor vehicles for transporting people; motor vehicle parts; and computer chips in that order. Those accounted for 21.56 percent of its total outbound trade.

The value of the nation’s top five imports through July were, motor vehicles for transporting people; oil; cell phones, related equipment; computers; and motor vehicle parts. They accounted for 24.11 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at U.S. exports:

  • No. 1 Civilian aircraft, parts fell 1.01 percent compared to last year to $67.61 billion.
  • No. 2 Gasoline, other fuels rose 20.33 percent compared to last year to $43.82 billion.
  • No. 3 Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 0.31 percent compared to last year to $30.94 billion.
  • No. 4 Motor vehicle parts rose 5.76 percent compared to last year to $25.86 billion.
  • No. 5 Computer chips rose 4.89 percent compared to last year to $21.46 billion.

On the import side:

  • No. 1 Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 5.13 percent compared to last year to $100.97 billion.
  • No. 2 Oil rose 46.09 percent compared to last year to $78.06 billion.
  • No. 3 Cell phones, related equipment rose 7.53 percent compared to last year to $57.79 billion.
  • No. 4 Computers rose 5.37 percent compared to last year to $45.38 billion.
  • No. 5 Motor vehicle parts rose 0.2 percent compared to last year to $37.85 billion.

Through July 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 9.19 percent to $243.23 billion.
    Exports rose 12.32 percent to $75.63 billion. Imports rose 7.83 percent to $167.59 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 New York City rose 1.73 percent to $206.92 billion.
    Exports rose 0.69 percent to $78.53 billion. Imports rose 2.38 percent to $128.39 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Laredo rose 7.42 percent to $173.7 billion.
    Exports rose 6.83 percent to $72.15 billion. Imports rose 7.84 percent to $101.55 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 Detroit rose 6.92 percent to $153.2 billion.
    Exports rose 8.92 percent to $75.04 billion. Imports rose 5.08 percent to $78.16 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 New Orleans rose 13.74 percent to $121.19 billion.
    Exports rose 15.57 percent to $51.28 billion. Imports rose 12.44 percent to $69.91 billion.

The nation’s top five Customs districts through July accounted for 40.7 percent of U.S. trade with the world.

Among U.S. Customs districts, 12 registered surpluses and 34 registered deficits through July. That compares with 12 surpluses and 34 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through July of this year were with Houston, $13.05 billion, Seattle $6.5 billion, and Miami $5.62 billion. The top three deficits were with Los Angeles, $91.96 billion, Chicago $66.77 billion, and New York City $49.85 billion.