March 2015

Top Ports

Total Trade: $6.12 billion

Rank Port Total YTD
1 Port of South Louisiana $1,829,901,158
2 Port of New Orleans, LA $1,328,192,826
3 Port of Kalama, WA $520,265,028
4 Port of Tacoma, WA $351,768,921
5 Port of Norfolk-Newport News, VA $310,691,022
6 Port of Seattle, WA $305,891,166
7 Port of Greater Baton Rouge, LA $299,187,948
8 Port of Longview, WA $141,470,626
9 Port of Long Beach, CA $130,782,444
10 Port of Vancouver, WA $119,256,416

U.S. exports of Soybeans decreased 30 percent through March to $6.12 billion

U.S. exports of Soybeans decreased 30 percent, from $8.7 billion to $6.12 billion through March 2015, according to the latest U.S. Census bureau data analyzed by WorldCity.

The category ranked No. 10 through March 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 March of this year, the top five markets for U.S. exports in this category were No. 1 China; No. 2 The Netherlands; No. 3 Mexico; No. 4 Japan; and No. 5 Indonesia. The top five airports, seaports and border crossings from which exports left the United States through March 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 Norfolk-Newport News, VA.

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 Germany; No. 4 Japan; and No. 5 Indonesia. 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 Longview, WA; and No. 5 Port of Tacoma, WA.

Highlights for the top five ports:

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

  • No. 1 Port of South Louisiana, at $1.83 billion, a decrease of 25.96 percent;
  • No. 2 Port of New Orleans, LA, at $1.33 billion, a decrease of 32.48 percent;
  • No. 3 Port of Kalama, WA, at $520.27 million, a decrease of 26.46 percent;
  • No. 4 Port of Tacoma, WA, at $351.77 million, a decrease of 25.21 percent;
  • No. 5 Port of Norfolk-Newport News, VA, at $310.69 million, a decrease of 27.15 percent;
March 2015

Top Countries

Rank Country Total YTD
1 China $3,355,558,395
2 The Netherlands $370,053,299
3 Mexico $344,599,302
4 Japan $320,602,512
5 Indonesia $275,658,607
6 Taiwan $183,562,927
7 Vietnam $132,139,360
8 Egypt $108,877,394
9 Thailand $107,967,516
10 Turkey $104,276,135

Top Districts

Rank District Total YTD
1 New Orleans $3,457,281,932
2 Portland/Columbia-Snake River $843,999,024
3 Seattle $667,376,711
4 Norfolk $310,691,022
5 Los Angeles $232,835,823
6 Laredo $203,082,275
7 Mobile $79,296,311
8 New York City $70,614,506
9 Houston $48,096,190
10 Pembina, N.D. $37,426,456

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 $1.83 billion, 35.29 percent. This constitutes 54.79 percent of all shipments.
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 The Netherlands increased $299.42 million, 423.92 percent. This constitutes 6.04 percent market share.
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Mexico decreased $149.47 million, 30.25 percent. This constitutes 5.63 percent market share.
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Japan decreased $56.7 million, 15.03 percent. This constitutes 5.24 percent market share.
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Indonesia decreased $100.14 million, 26.65 percent. This constitutes 4.5 percent of all shipments.

All totaled, 76 percent of all these Soybeans exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through March of this year. That is equal to $4.67 billion of the $6.12 billion total.

Highlights for the top five Customs districts:

  • US exports from No. 1 New Orleans decreased $1.43 billion, 29.2 percent. This constitutes 56.45 percent of all shipments.
  • US exports from No. 2 Portland/Columbia-Snake River decreased $625.45 million, 42.56 percent. This constitutes 13.78 percent market share.
  • US exports from No. 3 Seattle decreased $173.39 million, 20.62 percent. This constitutes 10.9 percent market share.
  • US exports from No. 4 Norfolk decreased $115.77 million, 27.15 percent. This constitutes 5.07 percent market share.
  • US exports from No. 5 Los Angeles decreased $38.32 million, 14.13 percent. This constitutes 3.8 percent of all shipments.

All totaled 90 percent of all these Soybeans exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Customs districts through March of this year. That is equal to $5.51 billion of the $6.12 billion total.