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

Exports: Plastic boxes, containers

Plastic boxes, containers, the No. 55 export by value totaled $410.9 million for the month of December, $5.54 billion through December 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$2.05 B
2Canada$1.97 B
3Japan$129.76 M
4United Kingdom$128.65 M
5China$124.35 M
6Germany$92.88 M
7Dominican Republic$84.96 M
8South Korea$64.1 M
9Ireland$61.55 M
10The Netherlands$56.1 M
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January – December 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $5.54 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port Laredo $926,432,051
2Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $477,701,335
3Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $433,080,517
4Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $298,626,727
5El Paso Border Crossing, Texas $251,356,528
6Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif. $234,474,039
7Pharr International Bridge in Texas $232,843,955
8Port of New York $224,027,086
9Low-Valued Imports and Exports $177,592,355
10Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash. $149,108,871

U.S. exports of Plastic boxes, containers increased 5.77 percent through December to $5.54 billion

U.S. exports of Plastic boxes, containers increased 5.77 percent from $5.23 billion to $5.54 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 55 through December 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 December of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Japan, No. 4 United Kingdom 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 – December 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $2,049,730,164
2Canada $1,969,036,876
3Japan $129,755,687
4United Kingdom $128,648,107
5China $124,354,072
6Germany $92,883,202
7Dominican Republic $84,962,683
8South Korea $64,103,289
9Ireland $61,552,419
10The Netherlands $56,100,753

January – December 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1LAREDO, TX $626,575,466
2DETROIT, MI $357,857,294
3BUFFALO, NY $190,385,714
4SAN DIEGO, CA $168,468,534
5NEW YORK CITY, NY $155,758,232
6LOS ANGELES, CA $127,618,982
7EL PASO, TX $122,248,312
8OGDENSBURG, NY $108,916,088
9NOGALES, AZ $82,578,934
10LOW VALUE $78,962,374

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 6.53 percent compared to last year to $926.43 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. rose 6.37 percent compared to last year to $477.7 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY rose 15.19 percent compared to last year to $433.08 million.
  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. rose 4.59 percent compared to last year to $298.63 million.
  • El Paso Border Crossing, Texas fell 7.64 percent compared to last year to $251.36 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 $65.92 million, 3.32 percent, (37.03 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Canada increased $143.6 million, 7.87 percent, (35.57 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Japan increased $5.39 million, 4.33 percent, (2.34 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 United Kingdom increased $15.92 million, 14.13 percent, (2.32 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 China increased $5.51 million, 4.64 percent, (2.25 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 79.52 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through December of this year. That is equal to $4.4 billion of the $5.54 billion total.

All totaled, 43.13 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through December of this year. That is equal to $2.39 billion of the $5.54 billion total