Current data is through December 2019.

Exports: Plastic boxes, containers

Plastic boxes, containers, the No. 56 export by value totaled $407.9 million for the month of December, $5.49 billion in 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

RankCountry2019
1Mexico$2.04 B
2Canada$1.94 B
3Japan$136.34 M
4United Kingdom$130.82 M
5China$106.67 M
6Germany$92.48 M
7Dominican Republic$71.79 M
8Ireland$67.71 M
9The Netherlands$66.9 M
10Belgium$66.74 M
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U.S. exports of Plastic boxes, containers decreased 0.89 percent through December 2019 to $5.49 billion

U.S. exports of Plastic boxes, containers decreased 0.89 percent from $5.54 billion to $5.49 billion in 2019 when compared to 2018, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 56 in 2019 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 December of 2019 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 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.

January – December 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $2,039,383,237
2Canada $1,943,540,240
3Japan $136,340,466
4United Kingdom $130,822,425
5China $106,670,932
6Germany $92,482,591
7Dominican Republic $71,786,666
8Ireland $67,707,645
9The Netherlands $66,895,524
10Belgium $66,744,355

January – December 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 of 2019 were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port Laredo fell 5.96 percent compared to last year to $871.17 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. rose 8.04 percent compared to last year to $516.13 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY fell 2.89 percent compared to last year to $420.59 million.
  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. fell 4.87 percent compared to last year to $284.08 million.
  • El Paso Border Crossing, Texas rose 8.51 percent compared to last year to $272.74 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 decreased $10.35 million, 0.5 percent, (37.17 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Canada decreased $25.5 million, 1.29 percent, (35.43 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Japan increased $6.58 million, 5.07 percent, (2.49 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 United Kingdom increased $2.17 million, 1.69 percent, (2.38 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 China decreased $17.68 million, 14.22 percent, (1.94 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 79.41 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets in 2019. That is equal to $4.36 billion of the $5.49 billion total.

All totaled, 43.1 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports in 2019. That is equal to $2.36 billion of the $5.49 billion total