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Monthly Update: Foreign Trade

November '18
Published on 2/11/19
Monthly Update: Foreign Trade

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Over 264.5 million metric tons in goods and commodities passed through the Houston-Galveston Customs District during the first eleven months of ’18. That figure represents a 9.1 percent increase over same period in ’17. Those shipments were valued at over $214.3 billion, a 22.8 percent increase over ’17, which was the largest increase among the top ranked districts.

Foreign Trade Overview

Houston ranked first in tonnage and seventh in value among U.S. customs districts during the first eleven months of ’18. Houston and New Orleans have been the busiest two districts in tonnage for decades. Houston has held the top spot in seven of the past 10 years.

Foreign Trade Rankings

Houston exported to 214 countries and imported from 194 during the first eleven months of ’18. Mexico remains the region’s top trading partner, followed by China, Brazil, the Netherlands and South Korea. Even the Marshall Islands and Comoros received cargoes shipped from Houston this year.

Foreign Trade Countries

During the first eleven months of ’18, the district handled goods and commodities from 97 trade categories―everything from gasoline to live animals to cork. The top five exports, accounting for 81.8 percent of all exports by value, include crude and refined products, chemicals, industrial machinery, plastics and motor vehicles. The top five imports, accounting for 63.4 percent of all imports by value, include crude and refined products, industrial machinery, iron and steel, motor vehicles and chemicals. . 

Patrick Jankowski, CERP
Senior Vice President, Research

Melissa Verhoef, PhD
Analyst, Research

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$214.3 billion

Houston handled over $214.3 billion of shipments through November '18

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