January - March 2016

Laredo Top Trading Partners

Total trade: $67.63 billion

Rank Country Total YTD
1 Mexico $65,337,357,051
2 China $814,984,115
3 Malaysia $223,501,707
4 Thailand $150,310,345
5 Japan $128,501,579
6 Nicaragua $121,022,013
7 Russia $82,239,013
8 Germany $67,949,165
9 South Korea $54,051,435
10 Canada $51,251,355

January - March 2016

Top U.S. Trading Partners

Total U.S. trade: $860.39 billion

Rank Country Total YTD
1 Canada $130,961,537,547
2 China $128,372,357,901
3 Mexico $125,967,406,898
4 Japan $47,053,716,477
5 Germany $40,064,314,857
6 South Korea $27,647,193,664
7 United Kingdom $26,347,847,048
8 France $19,068,737,616
9 India $16,133,264,879
10 Taiwan $15,201,980,962

Laredo’s trade decreases 1.73 percent through March

Laredo’s trade with the world fell 1.73 percent, from $68.82 billion to $67.63 billion through the first three months of 2016 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. Laredo’s exports decreased 4.89 percent while imports rose 0.7 percent. Laredo’s deficit was $10.74 billion.

Through March the district's top five trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 China, No. 3 Malaysia, No. 4 Thailand and No. 5 Japan compared to the same period last year when the top five were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 China, No. 3 Malaysia, No. 4 Japan and No. 5 Thailand, respectively.

Taking a closer look at the leading trade partners with Laredo:

  • Trade with No.1 Mexico fell 1.32 percent to $65.34 billion.
    Exports fell 4.69 percent to $28.28 billion. Imports rose 1.42 percent to $37.05 billion.
  • Trade with No.2 China fell 12.39 percent to $814.98 million.
    Exports fell 20.34 percent to $2.69 million. Imports fell 12.36 percent to $812.29 million.
  • Trade with No.3 Malaysia fell 6.74 percent to $223.5 million.
    Exports rose 24.5 percent to $215,852. Imports fell 6.76 percent to $223.29 million.
  • Trade with No.4 Thailand rose 9.28 percent to $150.31 million.
    Exports rose 77.19 percent to $199,155. Imports rose 9.23 percent to $150.11 million.
  • Trade with No.5 Japan fell 36.34 percent to $128.5 million.
    Exports fell 16.25 percent to $673,334. Imports fell 36.42 percent to $127.83 million.

Laredo’s top five trading partners through March accounted for 98.56 percent of its trade with the world. The U.S. average for the same time period was 54.91 percent.

Laredo had trade surpluses with 45 countries and deficits with 87 through March. That compares with 33 surpluses and 98 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through March of this year were with Russia, $50.81 million; Guatemala, $23.47 million; and Belize, $4.71 million. The top three deficits through March of this year were with Mexico, $8.77 billion; China, $809.6 million; and Malaysia, $223.07 million.

January - March 2016

Top Exports from Laredo

Total Exports: $28.44 billion

Rank Commodity Total YTD
1 Motor vehicle parts $3,272,885,099
2 Landline, cellular phone equipment $649,972,982
3 Internal combustion piston engines, including airc $581,093,301
4 Gasoline, other fuels $574,569,846
5 Motor vehicles for transporting people $574,006,431
6 Engine parts $468,750,951
7 Electrical supplies, apparatus, less than 1000V $435,419,466
8 Plastics $408,350,643
9 Taps, cocks and valves for pipes, tanks $389,714,322
10 Computer chips $375,109,866

January - March 2016

Top Imports to Laredo

Total Imports: $39.19 billion

Rank Commodity Total YTD
1 Motor vehicle parts $4,682,223,200
2 Commercial vehicles $3,654,210,497
3 Landline, cellular phone equipment $2,216,723,903
4 Motor vehicles for transporting people $1,788,749,248
5 Tractors $1,421,132,210
6 Seats, excluding barber, dental $1,300,895,654
7 Insulated wire, cable $1,104,358,107
8 Computers $724,728,091
9 Refrigerators, freezers $677,055,388
10 Electrical boards, panels and switches $658,734,132

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $860.39 billion, down 5.66 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports dropped 6.85 percent to $347.66 billion; imports dropped 4.83 percent to $512.72 billion. The nation’s top five customs districts so far this year, by value, are Los Angeles; New York City; Laredo; Detroit and Chicago. The overall trade deficit was $165.06 billion, down compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $165.54 billion.

Laredo’s top five exports by value through March were Motor vehicle parts; Landline, cellular phone equipment; Internal combustion piston engines, including airc; Gasoline, other fuels; and Motor vehicles for transporting people, in that order. They accounted for 19.87 percent of total exports from Laredo.

Laredo’s top five imports by value through March were Motor vehicle parts; Commercial vehicles; Landline, cellular phone equipment; Motor vehicles for transporting people; and Tractors. They accounted for 35.12 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Laredo’s exports:

  • Motor vehicle parts fell 1.1 percent compared to last year to $3.27 billion.
  • Landline, cellular phone equipment fell 0.14 percent compared to last year to $649.97 million.
  • Internal combustion piston engines, including airc fell 26.32 percent compared to last year to $581.09 million.
  • Gasoline, other fuels fell 13.23 percent compared to last year to $574.57 million.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 14.92 percent compared to last year to $574.01 million.

On the import side:

  • Motor vehicle parts rose 10.64 percent compared to last year to $4.68 billion.
  • Commercial vehicles rose 3.38 percent compared to last year to $3.65 billion.
  • Landline, cellular phone equipment rose 5.4 percent compared to last year to $2.22 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people fell 13.89 percent compared to last year to $1.79 billion.
  • Tractors fell 16.14 percent compared to last year to $1.42 billion.

Last year the Laredo customs district posted total trade with the world of $284.33 billion. The district’s deficit was $41.06 billion. At the end of the year, the custom’s districts top five trading partners were Mexico, China, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand. Exports totaled $121.64 billion and imports came to $162.69 billion.