March 2015

Laredo Top Trading Partners

Total trade: $68.82 billion

Rank Country Total YTD
1 Mexico $66,210,474,506
2 China $930,219,425
3 Malaysia $239,650,998
4 Japan $201,841,868
5 Thailand $137,544,690
6 Nicaragua $90,159,048
7 Panama $87,640,986
8 Germany $77,741,142
9 Switzerland $71,276,358
10 Canada $63,886,792

March 2015

Top U.S. Trading Partners

Total U.S. trade: $911.99 billion

Rank Country Total YTD
1 Canada $144,004,748,407
2 China $138,659,444,628
3 Mexico $127,047,230,345
4 Japan $48,821,369,011
5 Germany $41,663,763,515
6 South Korea $28,300,823,594
7 United Kingdom $26,419,197,068
8 France $18,705,516,679
9 India $16,036,460,740
10 Taiwan $15,694,320,347

Laredo’s trade increases 5.01 percent through March

Laredo’s trade with the world rose to $68.82 billion through three months of 2015, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 5.01 percent above its total trade during the same time period last year. Laredo’s exports increased 2.63 percent while imports rose 6.93 percent. Laredo’s deficit was $9 billion.

Through March 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 Nicaragua, respectively

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

  • Trade with No.1 Mexico rose 4.81 percent to $66.21 billion.
    Exports rose 2.34 percent to $29.68 billion. Imports rose 6.9 percent to $36.53 billion.
  • Trade with No.2 China rose 3.46 percent to $930.22 million.
    Exports rose 44.49 percent to $3.38 million. Imports rose 3.35 percent to $926.84 million.
  • Trade with No.3 Malaysia rose 15.35 percent to $239.65 million.
    Exports rose 2.28 percent to $173,371. Imports rose 15.36 percent to $239.48 million.
  • Trade with No.4 Japan rose 30.85 percent to $201.84 million.
    Exports rose 25.17 percent to $803,990. Imports rose 30.87 percent to $201.04 million.
  • Trade with No.5 Thailand rose 42.69 percent to $137.54 million.
    Exports rose 168.21 percent to $112,395. Imports rose 42.63 percent to $137.43 million.

Laredo’s top five trading partners through March accounted for 98.4 percent of its trade with the world. The U.S. average for the same time period was 54.85 percent.

Laredo had trade surpluses with 33 countries and deficits with 98 through March. That compares with 28 surpluses and 90 deficits for the same period one year earlier. The top three surpluses through March of this year were with Panama, $81.24 million; Switzerland, $59.75 million; and Guatemala, $18.28 million. The top three deficits through March of this year were with Mexico, $6.86 billion; China, $923.46 million; and Malaysia, $239.3 million.

March 2015

Top Exports from Laredo

Total Exports: $29.91 billion

Rank Commodity Total YTD
1 Motor vehicle parts $3,309,299,110
2 Internal combustion piston engines, including airc $788,641,038
3 Gasoline, other fuels $662,184,275
4 Landline, cellular phone equipment $650,856,744
5 Motor vehicles for transporting people $499,483,811
6 Plastics $450,554,392
7 Electrical supplies, apparatus, less than 1000V $438,502,033
8 Engine parts $414,147,122
9 Taps, cocks and valves for pipes, tanks $398,564,799
10 Insulated wire, cable $388,588,525

March 2015

Top Imports to Laredo

Total Imports: $38.91 billion

Rank Commodity Total YTD
1 Motor vehicle parts $4,231,842,562
2 Commercial vehicles $3,534,820,761
3 Landline, cellular phone equipment $2,103,064,900
4 Motor vehicles for transporting people $2,077,221,581
5 Tractors $1,694,661,356
6 Seats, excluding barber, dental $1,141,615,912
7 Insulated wire, cable $1,063,566,680
8 Air conditioning machines $683,972,824
9 Computers $654,048,056
10 Imports of returned exports $629,749,443

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $911.99 billion, down 3.07 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports dropped 5.14 percent to $373.23 billion; imports dropped 1.58 percent to $538.76 billion. The nation’s top five customs districts so far this year, by value, are New York City, Los Angeles, Laredo, Detroit and Houston. The overall trade deficit was $165.54 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $154 billion.

Laredo’s top five exports by value through March 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 19.76 percent of total exports to 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 35.06 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at Laredo’s exports:

  • Motor vehicle parts rose 9.53 percent compared to last year to $3.31 billion.
  • Internal combustion piston engines, including airc fell 6.27 percent compared to last year to $788.64 million.
  • Gasoline, other fuels fell 17.41 percent compared to last year to $662.18 million.
  • Landline, cellular phone equipment rose 0.08 percent compared to last year to $650.86 million.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people fell 0.38 percent compared to last year to $499.48 million.

On the import side:

  • Motor vehicle parts rose 10.06 percent compared to last year to $4.23 billion.
  • Commercial vehicles rose 11.21 percent compared to last year to $3.53 billion.
  • Landline, cellular phone equipment rose 7.79 percent compared to last year to $2.1 billion.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 4.86 percent compared to last year to $2.08 billion.
  • Tractors rose 14.91 percent compared to last year to $1.69 billion.

For the same period last year, the Laredo Customs district posted total trade with the world of $65.53 billion. The district’s deficit was $7.25 billion. At the end of the year, the Customs district’s top five trading partners were Mexico, China, Malaysia, Japan and Nicaragua. Exports totaled $29.14 billion and imports came to $36.39 billion.