May 2015

Top Ports

Total Trade: $7.19 billion

Rank Port Total YTD
1 Port of South Louisiana $2,068,909,893
2 Port of New Orleans, LA $1,549,127,446
3 Port of Kalama, WA $559,078,061
4 Port of Greater Baton Rouge, LA $391,089,798
5 Port of Seattle, WA $371,849,980
6 Port of Tacoma, WA $365,507,390
7 Port of Norfolk-Newport News, VA $357,979,828
8 Port of Long Beach, CA $178,250,486
9 Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge, Border Crossing $156,959,564
10 Port of Longview, WA $145,333,971

U.S. exports of Soybeans decreased 27 percent through May to $7.19 billion

U.S. exports of Soybeans decreased 27 percent, from $9.9 billion to $7.19 billion through May 2015, according to the latest U.S. Census bureau data analyzed by WorldCity.

The category ranked No. 14 through May among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 11 for the last full year with a total value of $24.26 billion, a $2.66 billion, 12 percent decrease over the 2013 total.

Through May of this year, the top five markets for U.S. exports in this category were No. 1 China; No. 2 Mexico; No. 3 Japan; No. 4 The Netherlands; and No. 5 Indonesia. The top five airports, seaports and border crossings from which exports left the United States through May were No. 1 Port of South Louisiana; No. 2 Port of New Orleans, LA; No. 3 Port of Kalama, WA; No. 4 Port of Greater Baton Rouge, LA; and No. 5 Port of Seattle, WA.

In the last previous full year, the top five markets for U.S. exports in this category were No. 1 China; No. 2 Mexico; No. 3 Indonesia; No. 4 Japan; and No. 5 Germany. The top five airports, seaports and border crossings for exports were No. 1 Port of South Louisiana; No. 2 Port of New Orleans, LA; No. 3 Port of Kalama, WA; No. 4 Port of Tacoma, WA; and No. 5 Port of Longview, WA.

Highlights for the top five ports:

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five through the first five months of the year were:

  • No. 1 Port of South Louisiana, at $2.07 billion, a decrease of 23.59 percent;
  • No. 2 Port of New Orleans, LA, at $1.55 billion, a decrease of 30.96 percent;
  • No. 3 Port of Kalama, WA, at $559.08 million, a decrease of 20.98 percent;
  • No. 4 Port of Greater Baton Rouge, LA, at $391.09 million, a decrease of 16.68 percent;
  • No. 5 Port of Seattle, WA, at $371.85 million, a decrease of 9.75 percent;
May 2015

Top Countries

Rank Country Total YTD
1 China $3,454,954,139
2 Mexico $581,073,807
3 Japan $490,895,205
4 The Netherlands $409,581,759
5 Indonesia $397,099,387
6 Taiwan $246,108,964
7 Vietnam $152,571,989
8 Germany $137,537,413
9 South Korea $120,813,864
10 Thailand $119,175,515

Top Districts

Rank District Total YTD
1 New Orleans $4,009,127,137
2 Portland/Columbia-Snake River $891,030,181
3 Seattle $747,096,339
4 Norfolk $357,979,828
5 Laredo $328,453,398
6 Los Angeles $315,035,934
7 New York City $95,821,592
8 Mobile $79,296,311
9 Pembina, N.D. $61,317,125
10 Detroit $49,930,004

There are several hundred airports, seaports and border crossings that handle international trade; they are, in turn, part of the roughly four dozen U.S. Customs districts.

Highlights for the top five foreign markets:

  • U.S. exports to No. 1 China decreased $1.8 billion, 34.29 percent. This constitutes 48.07 percent of all shipments.
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Mexico decreased $292.99 million, 33.52 percent. This constitutes 8.08 percent market share.
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Japan decreased $63.18 million, 11.4 percent. This constitutes 6.83 percent market share.
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 The Netherlands increased $338.95 million, 479.88 percent. This constitutes 5.7 percent market share.
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Indonesia decreased $205.16 million, 34.07 percent. This constitutes 5.53 percent of all shipments.

All totaled, 74 percent of all these Soybeans exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through May of this year. That is equal to $5.33 billion of the $7.19 billion total.

Highlights for the top five Customs districts:

  • US exports from No. 1 New Orleans decreased $1.42 billion, 26.15 percent. This constitutes 55.78 percent of all shipments.
  • US exports from No. 2 Portland/Columbia-Snake River decreased $584.58 million, 39.62 percent. This constitutes 12.4 percent market share.
  • US exports from No. 3 Seattle decreased $199.39 million, 21.07 percent. This constitutes 10.39 percent market share.
  • US exports from No. 4 Norfolk decreased $104.25 million, 22.55 percent. This constitutes 4.98 percent market share.
  • US exports from No. 5 Laredo decreased $174.58 million, 34.71 percent. This constitutes 4.57 percent of all shipments.

All totaled 88 percent of all these Soybeans exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Customs districts through May of this year. That is equal to $6.33 billion of the $7.19 billion total.