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Current year-to-date ( YTD ) data is through July 2019.

Exports: Plastic boxes, containers

Plastic boxes, containers, the No. 55 export by value totaled $458.93 million for the month of July, $3.24 billion through July of 2019, and $5.54 billion for all of 2018, 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$1.2 B
2Canada$1.15 B
3United Kingdom$80.79 M
4Japan$77.12 M
5China$68.4 M
6Germany$55 M
7Dominican Republic$43.96 M
8Belgium$39.45 M
9The Netherlands$39.36 M
10Ireland$39.17 M
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January – July 2019

Top Ports

Total Trade: $3.24 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port Laredo $508,272,367
2Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $304,914,279
3Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $244,665,288
4Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $170,417,193
5El Paso Border Crossing, Texas $155,529,779
6Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif. $146,476,122
7Port of New York $132,372,086
8Pharr International Bridge in Texas $127,136,481
9Low-Valued Imports and Exports $106,401,233
10Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash. $86,081,675

U.S. exports of Plastic boxes, containers increased 0.12 percent through July to $3.24 billion

U.S. exports of Plastic boxes, containers increased 0.12 percent from $3.24 billion to $3.24 billion through the first seven months of 2019 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 July 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 $5.54 billion, a $301.94 million, 5.77 percent increase from the 2017 total.

Through July 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 – July 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $1,196,554,731
2Canada $1,147,560,524
3United Kingdom $80,790,798
4Japan $77,117,989
5China $68,395,985
6Germany $55,004,340
7Dominican Republic $43,957,917
8Belgium $39,453,598
9The Netherlands $39,361,314
10Ireland $39,170,566

January – July 2019

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Laredo $424,769,661
2Detroit $245,332,775
3Buffalo $133,732,036
4San Diego $110,561,432
5New York City $105,446,589
6Los Angeles $89,306,076
7El Paso $81,166,961
8Ogdensburg, N.Y. $75,799,411
9Low Value Shipments $54,153,893
10Seattle $52,562,672

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

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port Laredo fell 6.54 percent compared to last year to $508.27 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. rose 11.01 percent compared to last year to $304.91 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY fell 1.03 percent compared to last year to $244.67 million.
  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. fell 3.82 percent compared to last year to $170.42 million.
  • El Paso Border Crossing, Texas rose 3.55 percent compared to last year to $155.53 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 decreased $19.41 million, 1.6 percent, (36.89 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Canada increased $1.13 million, 0.1 percent, (35.38 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 United Kingdom increased $7 million, 9.49 percent, (2.49 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Japan increased $2.87 million, 3.87 percent, (2.38 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 China decreased $5.8 million, 7.82 percent, (2.11 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 79.25 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through July of this year. That is equal to $2.57 billion of the $3.24 billion total.

All totaled, 42.67 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through July of this year. That is equal to $1.38 billion of the $3.24 billion total