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Chart of the Day: The Port of Los Angeles floats high

When it comes to valuable foreign trade, the Port of Los Angeles is the nation's undisputed ruler.

Some $262.27 billion in goods moved through the port during the first 11 months of 2013, the most recent data available, according to USA Trade's analysis of Census data.

The Port of Los Angeles won the crown mostly through its import business, which was valued at $225.08 billion for the period.

The Los Angeles port dwarfed the country's No. 2 point of trade, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, which moved $177.15 billion in product during the same period. JFK airport reported the most valuable exports, at $90.85 billion.

A tug boat moves into position with the Hyundia Force container ship at the Port of Los Angeles, in California.
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A tug boat moves into position with the Hyundia Force container ship at the Port of Los Angeles, in California.

All told, more than $3.53 trillion in commodities moved through U.S. ports during the first 11 months of 2013. For all of 2012, that figure stood at $3.82 trillion.

—Elisabeth Butler Cordova