December 2014

Top Ports

Total Trade: $24.26 billion

Rank Port Total YTD
1 Port of New Orleans, LA $6,247,241,044
2 Port of South Louisiana $6,151,497,737
3 Port of Kalama, WA $1,767,431,464
4 Port of Longview, WA $1,319,244,898
5 Port of Tacoma, WA $1,250,385,695
6 Port of Greater Baton Rouge, LA $1,164,690,329
7 Port of Seattle, WA $988,629,492
8 Port of Norfolk-Newport News, VA $948,903,957
9 Port of Long Beach, CA $518,276,588
10 Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge, Border Crossing $493,734,763

U.S. exports of Soybeans increased 13 percent through December to $24.26 billion

U.S. exports of Soybeans increased 13 percent, from $21.49 billion to $24.26 billion through December 2014, according to the latest U.S. Census bureau data analyzed by WorldCity.

The category ranked No. 11 through December among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 12 for the last full year with a total value of $21.49 billion, a $3.25 billion, 13 percent decrease over the 2012 total.

Through December of this 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 Taiwan. The top five airports, seaports and border crossings from which exports left the United States through December were No. 1 Port of New Orleans, LA; No. 2 Port of South Louisiana; No. 3 Port of Kalama, WA; No. 4 Port of Longview, WA; and No. 5 Port of Tacoma, 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 Japan; No. 4 Indonesia; and No. 5 Germany. The top five airports, seaports and border crossings for exports were No. 1 Port of New Orleans, LA; No. 2 Port of South Louisiana; 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 12 months of the year were:

  • No. 1 Port of New Orleans, LA, at $6.25 billion, an increase of 3.29 percent;
  • No. 2 Port of South Louisiana, at $6.15 billion, an increase of 4.99 percent;
  • No. 3 Port of Kalama, WA, at $1.77 billion, a decrease of 8.05 percent;
  • No. 4 Port of Longview, WA, at $1.32 billion, an increase of 32.93 percent;
  • No. 5 Port of Tacoma, WA, at $1.25 billion, an increase of 10.75 percent;
December 2014

Top Countries

Rank Country Total YTD
1 CHINA $14,798,134,800
2 MEXICO $1,824,090,145
3 INDONESIA $1,042,295,731
4 JAPAN $1,000,873,866
5 TAIWAN $736,093,139
6 FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY $550,503,837
7 SPAIN $511,537,770
8 NETHERLANDS $429,133,581
9 KOREA, SOUTH $361,754,810
10 TURKEY $345,228,780

Top Districts

Rank District Total YTD
1 New Orleans $13,598,825,477
2 Portland/Columbia-Snake River $3,753,298,082
3 Seattle $2,239,424,559
4 Laredo $988,958,753
5 Norfolk $948,903,957
6 Los Angeles $895,821,316
7 Mobile $283,385,602
8 New York City $214,001,314
9 Houston $209,671,533
10 Port Arthur, Texas $180,675,506

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 increased $1.5 billion, 11.24 percent. This constitutes 61.01 percent of all shipments.
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Mexico increased $283.64 million, 18.41 percent. This constitutes 7.52 percent market share.
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Indonesia increased $58.21 million, 5.91 percent. This constitutes 4.3 percent market share.
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Japan decreased $11.17 million, 1.1 percent. This constitutes 4.13 percent market share.
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Taiwan increased $156.06 million, 26.9 percent. This constitutes 3.03 percent of all shipments.

All totaled, 80 percent of all these Soybeans exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through December of this year. That is equal to $19.4 billion of the $24.26 billion total.

Highlights for the top five Customs districts:

  • US exports from No. 1 New Orleans increased $1.56 billion, 12.94 percent. This constitutes 56.06 percent of all shipments.
  • US exports from No. 2 Portland/Columbia-Snake River increased $193.92 million, 5.45 percent. This constitutes 15.47 percent market share.
  • US exports from No. 3 Seattle increased $511.6 million, 29.61 percent. This constitutes 9.23 percent market share.
  • US exports from No. 4 Laredo increased $150.15 million, 17.9 percent. This constitutes 4.08 percent market share.
  • US exports from No. 5 Norfolk increased $15.4 million, 1.65 percent. This constitutes 3.91 percent of all shipments.

All totaled 89 percent of all these Soybeans exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Customs districts through December of this year. That is equal to $21.53 billion of the $24.26 billion total.