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Current year-to-date ( YTD ) data is through December 2018.

Exports: Misc. plastic articles

Misc. plastic articles, the No. 39 export by value totaled $520.82 million for the month of December, $7.21 billion through December of 2018, and $6.79 billion for all of 2017, the latest annual data available, according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by WorldCity. Need more details? Read more

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Top Markets

RankCountryYTD
1Mexico$2.86 B
2Canada$1.24 B
3China$410.1 M
4Japan$225.17 M
5United Kingdom$205.47 M
6Germany$197.91 M
7South Korea$169.04 M
8Singapore$163.73 M
9The Netherlands$163.34 M
10Australia$121.61 M
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January – December 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $7.21 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port Laredo $938,070,931
2El Paso Border Crossing, Texas $650,541,567
3Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif. $420,402,063
4Low-Valued Imports and Exports $327,244,687
5Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $284,742,015
6Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $240,827,937
7Port of New Orleans $232,329,103
8Port of New York $222,451,224
9Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport, Ohio $219,578,442
10Nogales Border Crossing, Ariz. $199,106,134

U.S. exports of Misc. plastic articles increased 6.17 percent through December to $7.21 billion

U.S. exports of Misc. plastic articles increased 6.17 percent from $6.79 billion to $7.21 billion in 2018 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 39 through December among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 39 for the last full year with a total value of $6.79 billion, a $404.45 million, 6.33 percent increase from the 2016 total.

Through December of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 China, No. 4 Japan and No. 5 United Kingdom. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port Laredo, No. 2 El Paso Border Crossing, Texas, No. 3 Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif., No. 4 Low-Valued Imports and Exports and No. 5 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich..

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 China, No. 4 Japan and No. 5 United Kingdom. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port Laredo, No. 2 El Paso Border Crossing, Texas, No. 3 Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif., No. 4 Low-Valued Imports and Exports and No. 5 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich..

January – December 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $2,861,433,329
2Canada $1,235,033,281
3China $410,097,794
4Japan $225,166,178
5United Kingdom $205,472,358
6Germany $197,905,739
7South Korea $169,043,368
8Singapore $163,729,295
9The Netherlands $163,340,277
10Australia $121,611,732

January – December 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1LAREDO, TX $621,789,830
2EL PASO, TX $310,244,320
3DETROIT, MI $241,858,224
4SAN DIEGO, CA $232,204,190
5LOS ANGELES, CA $208,667,144
6NEW YORK CITY, NY $193,461,592
7LOW VALUE $148,218,944
8MIAMI, FL $138,628,246
9NEW ORLEANS, LA $125,404,560
10NOGALES, AZ $112,725,230

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five through in the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port Laredo rose 13.76 percent compared to last year to $938.07 million.
  • El Paso Border Crossing, Texas rose 0.3 percent compared to last year to $650.54 million.
  • Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif. fell 4.66 percent compared to last year to $420.4 million.
  • Low-Valued Imports and Exports rose 5.14 percent compared to last year to $327.24 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. fell 2.97 percent compared to last year to $284.74 million.

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 Mexico increased $122.29 million, 4.46 percent, (39.67 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Canada increased $41.67 million, 3.49 percent, (17.12 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 China increased $50.97 million, 14.19 percent, (5.68 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Japan increased $21.27 million, 10.43 percent, (3.12 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 United Kingdom increased $18.01 million, 9.61 percent, (2.85 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 68.44 percent of all these Misc. plastic articles exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through December of this year. That is equal to $4.94 billion of the $7.21 billion total.

All totaled, 36.33 percent of all these Misc. plastic articles exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through December of this year. That is equal to $2.62 billion of the $7.21 billion total