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

Exports: Plastic boxes, containers

Plastic boxes, containers, the No. 55 export by value totaled $487.34 million for the month of October, $4.66 billion through October of 2018, and $5.23 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$1.73 B
2Canada$1.66 B
3United Kingdom$109.34 M
4Japan$107.18 M
5China$103.59 M
6Germany$78.84 M
7Dominican Republic$71.6 M
8South Korea$54.16 M
9Ireland$50.8 M
10Belgium$47.03 M
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January – October 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $4.66 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port Laredo $786,733,661
2Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $399,580,018
3Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $363,736,573
4Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $253,713,377
5El Paso Border Crossing, Texas $214,454,532
6Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif. $197,385,186
7Pharr International Bridge in Texas $195,867,408
8Port of New York $185,254,125
9Low-Valued Imports and Exports $150,390,195
10Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash. $128,671,774

U.S. exports of Plastic boxes, containers increased 6.49 percent through October to $4.66 billion

U.S. exports of Plastic boxes, containers increased 6.49 percent from $4.38 billion to $4.66 billion through the first 10 months of 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 55 through October among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 55 for the last full year with a total value of $5.23 billion, a $5.42 million, 0.10 percent decrease from the 2016 total.

Through October of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 United Kingdom, No. 4 Japan and No. 5 China. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port Laredo, No. 2 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 3 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY, No. 4 Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. and No. 5 El Paso Border Crossing, Texas.

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Japan, No. 4 China and No. 5 United Kingdom. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port Laredo, No. 2 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 3 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY, No. 4 Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. and No. 5 El Paso Border Crossing, Texas.

January – October 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $1,733,368,232
2Canada $1,661,880,731
3United Kingdom $109,344,810
4Japan $107,178,577
5China $103,586,895
6Germany $78,842,012
7Dominican Republic $71,595,688
8South Korea $54,159,207
9Ireland $50,801,047
10Belgium $47,031,927

January – October 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Laredo $221,196,349
2Detroit $121,482,484
3Buffalo $64,388,092
4San Diego $59,364,902
5New York City $51,423,670
6El Paso $44,056,566
7Los Angeles $42,710,630
8Ogdensburg, N.Y. $37,055,661
9Phoenix/Nogales $27,111,921
10Low Value Shipments $26,951,733

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five through through the first 10 months of the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port Laredo rose 9.14 percent compared to last year to $786.73 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. rose 5.55 percent compared to last year to $399.58 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY rose 16.45 percent compared to last year to $363.74 million.
  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. rose 4.75 percent compared to last year to $253.71 million.
  • El Paso Border Crossing, Texas fell 8.02 percent compared to last year to $214.45 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 $76.87 million, 4.64 percent, (37.19 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Canada increased $127.37 million, 8.3 percent, (35.66 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 United Kingdom increased $17.57 million, 19.15 percent, (2.35 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Japan increased $4.11 million, 3.99 percent, (2.3 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 China increased $6.39 million, 6.57 percent, (2.22 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 79.72 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through October of this year. That is equal to $3.72 billion of the $4.66 billion total.

All totaled, 43.31 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through October of this year. That is equal to $2.02 billion of the $4.66 billion total