January – October 2017

Top US Trading Partners

Total YTD: $2.15 trillion

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $516,952,219,085
2Canada $482,453,936,267
3Mexico $462,902,134,425
4Japan $168,542,646,642
5Germany $141,025,678,370
6South Korea $99,583,799,554
7United Kingdom $90,476,600,082
8France $67,773,766,994
9India $62,255,082,975
10Taiwan $56,075,969,208

U.S. trade increases 6.39 percent through October

U.S. trade with the world rose to $3.21 trillion through the first 10 months of 2017, according to a WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

That’s a 6.39 percent increase over the same time period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 5.94 percent to $1.28 trillion and imports climbed 6.69 percent to $1.94 trillion. The overall trade deficit was $660.1 billion up compared to the same period last year, when the deficit was $610.28 billion.

Through October, 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 9.33 percent to $516.95 billion. Exports rose 12.99 percent to $103.98 billion. Imports rose 8.45 percent to $412.97 billion.
  • No. 2 Canada’s trade rose 6.4 percent to $482.45 billion. Exports rose 4.92 percent to $234.07 billion. Imports rose 7.83 percent to $248.39 billion.
  • No. 3 Mexico’s trade rose 5.8 percent to $462.9 billion. Exports rose 4.86 percent to $201.6 billion. Imports rose 6.54 percent to $261.3 billion.
  • No. 4 Japan’s trade rose 4.8 percent to $168.54 billion. Exports rose 6.39 percent to $55.49 billion. Imports rose 4.03 percent to $113.05 billion.
  • No. 5 Germany’s trade rose 3.6 percent to $141.03 billion. Exports rose 7.33 percent to $44.13 billion. Imports rose 1.98 percent to $96.89 billion.

The nation’s top five trading partners through October accounted for 44.8 percent of its trade with the world.

The U.S. had trade surpluses with 127 countries and deficits with 106 through October. That compares with 129 surpluses and 104 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through October of this year were with Hong Kong, $26.66 billion; The Netherlands, $20.88 billion; Belgium, $12.64 billion. The top three deficits were with China, $308.99 billion; Mexico, $59.7 billion; and Japan, $57.56 billion.

January – October 2017

Top US Exports

Top 10 Total YTD: $391.5 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Civilian aircraft, parts $98,877,545,442
2Gasoline, other fuels $62,730,298,676
3Motor vehicles for transporting people $44,130,944,381
4Motor vehicle parts $37,636,354,377
5Computer chips $31,586,533,700
6Low value shipments $28,723,331,458
7Cell phones, related equipment $27,668,230,460
8Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets $21,921,560,460
9Computers $20,544,488,097
10Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons $17,677,834,757

January – October 2017

Top US Imports

Top 10 Total YTD: $660.77 billion

RankCommodityTotal YTD
1Motor vehicles for transporting people $144,735,747,536
2Oil $109,916,357,550
3Cell phones, related equipment $86,935,587,450
4Computers $68,360,187,658
5Exports returned, without change $55,057,773,058
6Motor vehicle parts $54,700,824,649
7Medicines in individual dosages $53,053,424,825
8Gasoline, other fuels $38,504,995,572
9Computer chips $27,415,407,851
10Commercial vehicles $22,087,519,098

The nation’s top five exports by value through October were civilian aircraft, parts; gasoline, other fuels; motor vehicles for transporting people; motor vehicle parts; and computer chips in that order. Those accounted for 21.57 percent of its total outbound trade.

The value of the nation’s top five imports through October were, motor vehicles for transporting people; oil; cell phones, related equipment; computers; and exports returned, without change. They accounted for 24.03 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at U.S. exports:

  • No. 1 Civilian aircraft, parts fell 0.88 percent compared to last year to $98.88 billion.
  • No. 2 Gasoline, other fuels rose 19.9 percent compared to last year to $62.73 billion.
  • No. 3 Motor vehicles for transporting people fell 2.19 percent compared to last year to $44.13 billion.
  • No. 4 Motor vehicle parts rose 4.87 percent compared to last year to $37.64 billion.
  • No. 5 Computer chips rose 8.12 percent compared to last year to $31.59 billion.

On the import side:

  • No. 1 Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 3.65 percent compared to last year to $144.74 billion.
  • No. 2 Oil rose 34.07 percent compared to last year to $109.92 billion.
  • No. 3 Cell phones, related equipment rose 4.87 percent compared to last year to $86.94 billion.
  • No. 4 Computers rose 8.38 percent compared to last year to $68.36 billion.
  • No. 5 Exports returned, without change rose 3.97 percent compared to last year to $55.06 billion.

Through October 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 8.21 percent to $355.69 billion.
    Exports rose 8.75 percent to $106.89 billion. Imports rose 7.97 percent to $248.8 billion.
  • Trade with No. 2 New York City rose 1.65 percent to $302.21 billion.
    Exports rose 0.11 percent to $113.59 billion. Imports rose 2.6 percent to $188.63 billion.
  • Trade with No. 3 Laredo rose 7.32 percent to $253.58 billion.
    Exports rose 6.94 percent to $105.45 billion. Imports rose 7.6 percent to $148.12 billion.
  • Trade with No. 4 Detroit rose 6.05 percent to $219.61 billion.
    Exports rose 8.43 percent to $107.48 billion. Imports rose 3.87 percent to $112.14 billion.
  • Trade with No. 5 Chicago rose 11.3 percent to $180.99 billion.
    Exports rose 4.48 percent to $39.35 billion. Imports rose 13.36 percent to $141.64 billion.

The nation’s top five Customs districts through October accounted for 40.87 percent of U.S. trade with the world.

Among U.S. Customs districts, 12 registered surpluses and 34 registered deficits through October. That compares with 12 surpluses and 34 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through October of this year were with Houston, $18.74 billion, Seattle $7.66 billion, and Miami $8.84 billion. The top three deficits were with Los Angeles, $141.92 billion, Chicago $102.3 billion, and New York City $75.04 billion.