LAREDO, Texas—For the first time ever, Port Laredo surpassed the Port of Los Angeles for the month of March, according to statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau and analyzed by WorldCity.
Port Laredo totaled $20.09 billion in trade in March, or roughly 5.6 percent of total U.S. trade. The Port of Los Angeles, which was previously the largest port in the country, trailed behind with $19.66 billion for the same month, or roughly 5.5 percent of all U.S. trade. The largest port in the United States, including airports, seaports and border crossings, is now the Laredo Customs District.
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Laredo is now the largest port in the United States. Photo courtesy of WorldCity.
“This is fantastic news for our city and for our residents,” Mayor Pete Saenz said. “Laredo has been the number one land port for quite some time, but now we have taken first place among all U.S. ports, as well as all ports in the Western hemisphere. This is truly an example of how partnerships between government and the private sector can produce remarkable results that benefit our people.”
“The City of Laredo has made monumental strides, partnering with our private sector, to solidify our standing as the number one port in the Americas,” said Co-Interim City Managers Rosario Cabello and Robert Eads. “This ranking signifies more good-paying jobs, further expansion and development, and most importantly, a better quality of life for all Laredoans. We look forward to working every day to build up our community.”
The Port of Los Angeles has totaled $66.76 billion in total trade value year to date, or through March of this year, compared to $56.72 billion for Port Laredo in the same period.
However, Laredo continues to show exceptional growth while maintaining strong, stable trading partners that could be indicative of a more permanent first place standing among U.S. ports.
China is the largest trading partner with the Port of Los Angeles, totaling 51 percent of that ports total trade in 2018.
In contrast, Port Laredo’s largest trading partner is Mexico, totaling 97 percent of trade in 2018.
The largest trading partner with the United States, year to date, is Mexico, followed by Canada and China.