January – September 2017

Top US Trading Partners

Total YTD: $1.91 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

U.S. trade increases 6.19 percent through September

U.S. trade with the world rose to $2.86 trillion through the first nine months of 2017, according to a WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

That’s a 6.19 percent increase over the same time period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 5.97 percent to $1.14 trillion and imports climbed 6.33 percent to $1.72 trillion. The overall trade deficit was $585.16 billion up compared to the same period last year, when the deficit was $546.8 billion.

Through September, 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 China, No. 2 Canada, 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 9.48 percent to $455.79 billion. Exports rose 14.73 percent to $91.01 billion. Imports rose 8.24 percent to $364.77 billion.
  • No. 2 Canada’s trade rose 6.35 percent to $432.73 billion. Exports rose 4.83 percent to $210.13 billion. Imports rose 7.82 percent to $222.6 billion.
  • No. 3 Mexico’s trade rose 5.41 percent to $412.07 billion. Exports rose 4.33 percent to $179.49 billion. Imports rose 6.27 percent to $232.58 billion.
  • No. 4 Japan’s trade rose 5.26 percent to $150.88 billion. Exports rose 7.54 percent to $49.87 billion. Imports rose 4.17 percent to $101.01 billion.
  • No. 5 Germany’s trade rose 2.65 percent to $125.85 billion. Exports rose 7 percent to $39.42 billion. Imports rose 0.79 percent to $86.42 billion.

The nation’s top five trading partners through September accounted for 44.91 percent of its trade with the world.

The U.S. had trade surpluses with 131 countries and deficits with 102 through September. That compares with 128 surpluses and 105 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through September of this year were with Hong Kong, $24.32 billion; The Netherlands, $18.73 billion; United Arab Emirates, $11.41 billion. The top three deficits were with China, $273.76 billion; Mexico, $53.09 billion; and Japan, $51.13 billion.

January – September 2017

Top US Exports

Top 10 Total YTD: $350.65 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Civilian aircraft, parts $89,355,941,572
2Gasoline, other fuels $55,827,915,675
3Motor vehicles for transporting people $39,611,066,884
4Motor vehicle parts $33,801,735,938
5Computer chips $28,166,700,605
6Low value shipments $25,590,437,396
7Cell phones, related equipment $24,895,027,552
8Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets $19,632,666,636
9Computers $18,138,891,633
10Medicines in individual dosages $15,628,772,937

January – September 2017

Top US Imports

Top 10 Total YTD: $589.36 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Motor vehicles for transporting people $129,707,826,222
2Oil $98,809,748,594
3Cell phones, related equipment $76,349,742,408
4Computers $60,206,164,818
5Motor vehicle parts $48,875,009,686
6Exports returned, without change $48,720,075,918
7Medicines in individual dosages $47,722,561,459
8Gasoline, other fuels $34,569,186,807
9Computer chips $24,677,550,035
10Commercial vehicles $19,718,196,315

The nation’s top five exports by value through September were civilian aircraft, parts; gasoline, other fuels; motor vehicles for transporting people; motor vehicle parts; and computer chips in that order. Those accounted for 21.66 percent of its total outbound trade.

The value of the nation’s top five imports through September were, motor vehicles for transporting people; oil; cell phones, related equipment; computers; and motor vehicle parts. They accounted for 24.01 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at U.S. exports:

  • No. 1 Civilian aircraft, parts rose 0.43 percent compared to last year to $89.36 billion.
  • No. 2 Gasoline, other fuels rose 18.55 percent compared to last year to $55.83 billion.
  • No. 3 Motor vehicles for transporting people fell 1.93 percent compared to last year to $39.61 billion.
  • No. 4 Motor vehicle parts rose 5.23 percent compared to last year to $33.8 billion.
  • No. 5 Computer chips rose 7.05 percent compared to last year to $28.17 billion.

On the import side:

  • No. 1 Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 3.86 percent compared to last year to $129.71 billion.
  • No. 2 Oil rose 35.55 percent compared to last year to $98.81 billion.
  • No. 3 Cell phones, related equipment rose 5.23 percent compared to last year to $76.35 billion.
  • No. 4 Computers rose 7.56 percent compared to last year to $60.21 billion.
  • No. 5 Motor vehicle parts fell 0.24 percent compared to last year to $48.88 billion.

Through September 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 Chicago . 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 8.56 percent to $317.95 billion.
    Exports rose 10.1 percent to $96.33 billion. Imports rose 7.9 percent to $221.62 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 New York City rose 1.19 percent to $268.08 billion.
    Exports fell 0.16 percent to $101.47 billion. Imports rose 2.03 percent to $166.61 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Laredo rose 6.93 percent to $225.72 billion.
    Exports rose 6.36 percent to $93.88 billion. Imports rose 7.34 percent to $131.83 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 Detroit rose 6.62 percent to $197.78 billion.
    Exports rose 8.92 percent to $96.89 billion. Imports rose 4.5 percent to $100.9 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Chicago rose 10.76 percent to $159.69 billion.
    Exports rose 4.82 percent to $35.19 billion. Imports rose 12.56 percent to $124.49 billion.

The nation’s top five Customs districts through September accounted for 40.84 percent of U.S. trade with the world.

Among U.S. Customs districts, 12 registered surpluses and 34 registered deficits through September. That compares with 12 surpluses and 34 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through September of this year were with Houston, $16.34 billion, Seattle $7.89 billion, and Miami $7.62 billion. The top three deficits were with Los Angeles, $125.29 billion, Chicago $89.3 billion, and New York City $65.15 billion.