September 2014

Laredo Top Trading Partners

Total trade: $208.28 billion

Rank Country Total YTD
1 Mexico $200,383,889,534
2 China $2,814,810,009
3 Malaysia $728,566,904
4 Japan $583,748,385
5 Thailand $401,240,197
6 Nicaragua $334,783,705
7 Germany $241,478,018
8 United Kingdom $220,678,711
9 Switzerland $199,717,439
10 Panama $190,850,822

September 2014

Top U.S. Trading Partners

Total U.S. trade: $2.96 trillion

Rank Country Total YTD
1 Canada $494,194,763,210
2 China $425,667,408,374
3 Mexico $398,171,336,910
4 Japan $150,294,627,114
5 Germany $129,311,475,175
6 South Korea $84,833,033,019
7 United Kingdom $80,309,319,500
8 France $58,538,750,220
9 Brazil $54,505,539,730
10 Saudi Arabia $52,074,050,173

Laredo’s trade increases 10.89 percent through September

Laredo’s trade with the world rose to $208.28 billion through nine months of 2014, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 10.89 percent above its total trade during the same time period last year. Laredo’s exports increased 10.02 percent while imports rose 11.58 percent. Laredo’s deficit was $25.16 billion.

Through September 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 11.12 percent to $200.38 billion.
    Exports rose 9.82 percent to $90.88 billion. Imports rose 12.23 percent to $109.51 billion.
  • Trade with No.2 China fell 5.01 percent to $2.81 billion.
    Exports rose 208.83 percent to $26.78 million. Imports fell 5.64 percent to $2.79 billion.
  • Trade with No.3 Malaysia rose 9.16 percent to $728.57 million.
    Exports fell 47.41 percent to $513,159. Imports rose 9.25 percent to $728.05 million.
  • Trade with No.4 Japan rose 44.16 percent to $583.75 million.
    Exports rose 159.40 percent to $8.33 million. Imports rose 43.23 percent to $575.41 million.
  • Trade with No.5 Thailand rose 10.01 percent to $401.24 million.
    Exports rose 66.90 percent to $329,027. Imports rose 9.98 percent to $400.91 million.

Laredo’s top five trading partners through September accounted for 98.38 percent of its trade with the world. The U.S. average for the same time period was 54.01 percent.

Laredo had trade surpluses with 49 countries and deficits with 105 through September. That compares with 52 surpluses and 102 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through September of this year were with Panama, $182.66 million; Switzerland, $157.86 million; and Guatemala, $64.86 million. The top three deficits through September of this year were with Mexico, $18.63 billion; China, $2.76 billion; and Malaysia, $727.54 million.

September 2014

Top Exports from Laredo

Total Exports: $91.56 billion

Rank Commodity Total YTD
1 Motor vehicle parts $9,306,620,416
2 Internal combustion piston engines, including airc $2,743,170,384
3 Gasoline, other fuels $2,554,037,025
4 Landline, cellular phone equipment $2,124,232,273
5 Motor vehicles for transporting people $1,739,932,825
6 Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons $1,494,407,560
7 Plastics $1,481,702,093
8 Electrical supplies, apparatus, less than 1000V $1,377,717,749
9 Engine parts $1,204,246,910
10 Insulated wire, cable $1,182,692,487

September 2014

Top Imports to Laredo

Total Imports: $116.72 billion

Rank Commodity Total YTD
1 Motor vehicle parts $12,211,572,719
2 Commercial vehicles $10,327,443,401
3 Landline, cellular phone equipment $6,602,601,137
4 Motor vehicles for transporting people $6,516,556,936
5 Tractors $5,225,700,556
6 Seats, excluding barber, dental $3,403,007,745
7 Insulated wire, cable $3,035,939,517
8 Computers $2,256,368,737
9 Air conditioning machines $2,183,868,562
10 Refrigerators, freezers $2,147,753,934

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $2.96 trillion, up 3.42 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 3.34 percent to $1.21 trillion; imports climbed 3.48 percent to $1.75 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 $540.3 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $520.55 billion.

Laredo’s top five exports by value through September 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 20.17 percent of total exports to Laredo.

Laredo’s top five imports by value through September were Motor vehicle parts; Commercial vehicles; Landline, cellular phone equipment; Motor vehicles for transporting people; and Tractors. They accounted for 35.03 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Laredo’s exports:

  • Motor vehicle parts fell 3.97 percent compared to last year to $9.31 billion.
  • Internal combustion piston engines, including airc rose 115.16 percent compared to last year to $2.74 billion.
  • Gasoline, other fuels rose 17.63 percent compared to last year to $2.55 billion.
  • Landline, cellular phone equipment rose 2.52 percent compared to last year to $2.12 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people fell 3.24 percent compared to last year to $1.74 billion.

On the import side:

  • Motor vehicle parts rose 11.96 percent compared to last year to $12.21 billion.
  • Commercial vehicles rose 21.33 percent compared to last year to $10.33 billion.
  • Landline, cellular phone equipment rose 3.85 percent compared to last year to $6.6 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 6.30 percent compared to last year to $6.52 billion.
  • Tractors rose 36.34 percent compared to last year to $5.23 billion.

For the same period last year, the Laredo Customs district posted total trade with the world of $187.83 billion. The district’s deficit was $21.38 billion. At the end of the year, the Customs district’s top five trading partners were Mexico, China, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand. Exports totaled $83.22 billion and imports came to $104.6 billion.