Austin Based Dell Computers: Trade Profile & Import Shipments

Dell Inc

Dell Inc is headquartered in the Austin MSA (click here for Austin trade profile). Dell Inc is one of the largest technological corporations in the world employing more than 100,000 people. Dell Inc is the 41st company on the Fortune 500 list and the largest company in the Austin MSA area in Texas. It is also the second largest non-oil company in Texas behind AT&T. Although Dell’s Austin assembly plant was shut down in 2008, Dell Inc is still a large employer in the area. 16,000 people are employed at the headquarters. In 2008 Dell upgraded its headquarter’s power sources getting 60% from wind powered generators and 40% from landfill gas turned into energy.

Dell Inc Imports by Foreign Country

Using PIERS Prospects, we can examine waterborne Dell Inc imports. In the 12 month window Dell Inc brought in more than 932 shipments with an estimated value of 343 million dollars. Dell likes to assemble close to the point of delivery, so this probably accounts for the low export figure which is near 1 million dollars. China contributes 98% of Dell’s total imported shipments with an estimated value of 342.7 million dollars moving in 918 shipments. Since these shipments are mainly from China, they tend to arrive in California’s Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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Dell Inc’s Top Imported Commodity 

Dell Inc imports a majority of HS code: 847120 digital automatic data processing machines with central processes. These input-output units are computers. They compose 75% of the total shipments and 309 million dollars of the total 343. The second highest import by value is HS code 847130, which is the same thing except portable: laptops. Other notable imports are parts and accessories for these computers and stands.

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Dell Inc’s Shipping Records From China

Dell Inc gets 98% of their imported shipments from China. With PIERS Prospects we can view a complete list of waterborne shipment data, bills of lading, etc. Click (here) to download the complete excel file for Dell Inc’s imports from China from November, 2010 to November 2010. Another point of interest is a small list of some of Dell Inc’s Chinese trading partners. These partners act more as a source than a trading partner, since Dell only imports goods from China. The list of companies provides a direct link to sourcing and manufacturing of wholesale computers.  Click here to down load details of Dell’s shipment records. 

5 Responses to “Austin Based Dell Computers: Trade Profile & Import Shipments”

  1. @Eliza. We’d be happy to publish an informative article about the area of your international trade expertise and application. If you are interested we can forward article submission guidelines.

  2. Eliza L. Garza Reply 07/03/2012 at 17:07


    My name is Eliza Garza we are an Import / Export Company located in Laredo, Texas we woulld like o offer Dell our service through Laredo, Texas we specialize in all types of shipments our customers are maquiladoras in Mexico we strive to give our customers excellente service at a fraction of the price when it comes to service and price our competition can’t compete.

    Thank You,
    Eliza L. Garza
    Import / Export Director
    USA Direct Import Solutions
    Laredo, Texas 78045

    • Eliza L. Garza 22/06/2012 at 11:32

      Hello Mr. Thompson,

      I appreciate that. Please forward me the article submission guidelines.

      Thank You,
      Eliza L. Garza
      Import / Export Director
      USA Direct Import Solutions
      Laredo, Texas 78045

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