December 2014

Laredo Top Trading Partners

Total trade: $280.03 billion

Rank Country Total YTD
1 Mexico $269,056,779,116
2 China $3,861,020,439
3 Malaysia $1,222,820,760
4 Japan $776,490,959
5 Thailand $532,885,404
6 Nicaragua $429,655,407
7 Switzerland $361,627,427
8 Germany $310,198,060
9 Canada $276,477,456
10 United Kingdom $270,370,387

December 2014

Top U.S. Trading Partners

Total U.S. trade: $3.97 trillion

Rank Country Total YTD
1 Canada $658,187,791,048
2 China $590,680,443,495
3 Mexico $534,483,657,973
4 Japan $200,902,836,078
5 Germany $172,623,616,962
6 South Korea $114,149,661,451
7 United Kingdom $107,913,564,456
8 France $78,212,515,810
9 Brazil $72,754,596,379
10 Taiwan $67,407,323,365

Laredo’s trade increases 10.61 percent through December

Laredo’s trade with the world rose to $280.03 billion through 12 months of 2014, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 10.61 percent above its total trade during the same time period last year. Laredo’s exports increased 9.81 percent while imports rose 11.26 percent. Laredo’s deficit was $33.2 billion.

Through December the district's top five trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 China, No. 3 Malaysia, No. 4 Japan and No. 5 Thailand 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 rose 10.59 percent to $269.06 billion.
    Exports rose 9.26 percent to $122.12 billion. Imports rose 11.72 percent to $146.94 billion.
  • Trade with No.2 China fell 0.93 percent to $3.86 billion.
    Exports rose 1 percent to $115.3 million. Imports fell 3.63 percent to $3.75 billion.
  • Trade with No.3 Malaysia rose 34.41 percent to $1.22 billion.
    Exports rose 16 percent to $186.1 million. Imports rose 14.1 percent to $1.04 billion.
  • Trade with No.4 Japan rose 35.74 percent to $776.49 million.
    Exports rose 132.09 percent to $9.6 million. Imports rose 35.04 percent to $766.89 million.
  • Trade with No.5 Thailand rose 9.92 percent to $532.89 million.
    Exports fell 17.17 percent to $331,863. Imports rose 9.94 percent to $532.55 million.

Laredo’s top five trading partners through December accounted for 98.36 percent of its trade with the world. The U.S. average for the same time period was 54.35 percent.

Laredo had trade surpluses with 49 countries and deficits with 113 through December. That compares with 58 surpluses and 112 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through December of this year were with Switzerland, $303.12 million; Panama, $247.37 million; and Guatemala, $94.54 million. The top three deficits through December of this year were with Mexico, $24.82 billion; China, $3.63 billion; and Malaysia, $850.63 million.

December 2014

Top Exports from Laredo

Total Exports: $123.42 billion

Rank Commodity Total YTD
1 Motor vehicle parts $12,510,708,651
2 Internal combustion piston engines, including airc $3,693,584,954
3 Gasoline, other fuels $3,428,809,695
4 Landline, cellular phone equipment $2,803,749,962
5 Motor vehicles for transporting people $2,507,624,056
6 Plastics $2,056,737,179
7 Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons $1,927,331,572
8 Electrical supplies, apparatus, less than 1000V $1,798,175,350
9 Engine parts $1,617,430,766
10 Taps, cocks and valves for pipes, tanks $1,553,575,503

December 2014

Top Imports to Laredo

Total Imports: $156.62 billion

Rank Commodity Total YTD
1 Motor vehicle parts $16,396,408,418
2 Commercial vehicles $14,348,750,620
3 Motor vehicles for transporting people $8,753,275,195
4 Landline, cellular phone equipment $8,700,396,462
5 Tractors $6,955,047,231
6 Seats, excluding barber, dental $4,580,277,733
7 Insulated wire, cable $4,100,873,061
8 Computers $3,027,885,919
9 Air conditioning machines $2,859,272,015
10 Imports of returned exports $2,830,082,089

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $3.97 trillion, up 3.14 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 2.78 percent to $1.62 trillion; imports climbed 3.39 percent to $2.35 trillion. The nation’s top five customs districts so far this year, by value, are Los Angeles, New York City, Laredo, Detroit and Houston. The overall trade deficit was $721.74 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $688.73 billion.

Laredo’s top five exports by value through December were Motor vehicle parts; Internal combustion piston engines, including airc; Gasoline, other fuels; Landline, cellular phone equipment; and Motor vehicles for transporting people, in that order. They accounted for 20.21 percent of total exports to Laredo.

Laredo’s top five imports by value through December were Motor vehicle parts; Commercial vehicles; Motor vehicles for transporting people; Landline, cellular phone equipment; and Tractors. They accounted for 35.22 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Laredo’s exports:

  • Motor vehicle parts fell 0.26 percent compared to last year to $12.51 billion.
  • Internal combustion piston engines, including airc rose 78.29 percent compared to last year to $3.69 billion.
  • Gasoline, other fuels rose 12.66 percent compared to last year to $3.43 billion.
  • Landline, cellular phone equipment fell 4.26 percent compared to last year to $2.8 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people fell 0.72 percent compared to last year to $2.51 billion.

On the import side:

  • Motor vehicle parts rose 11.82 percent compared to last year to $16.4 billion.
  • Commercial vehicles rose 19.08 percent compared to last year to $14.35 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 5.53 percent compared to last year to $8.75 billion.
  • Landline, cellular phone equipment rose 1.39 percent compared to last year to $8.7 billion.
  • Tractors rose 31.72 percent compared to last year to $6.96 billion.

For the same period last year, the Laredo Customs district posted total trade with the world of $253.16 billion. The district’s deficit was $28.37 billion. At the end of the year, the Customs district’s top five trading partners were Mexico, China, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand. Exports totaled $112.4 billion and imports came to $140.77 billion.