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

Exports: Plastic waste, scrap

Plastic waste, scrap, the No. 492 export by value totaled $26.26 million for the month of March, $73.06 million through March of 2019, and $445.66 million 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
1Canada$16.92 M
2India$13.57 M
3Hong Kong$7.72 M
4Mexico$5.22 M
5South Korea$3.46 M
6Malaysia$3.13 M
7Taiwan$3 M
8Indonesia$2.45 M
9Thailand$2.07 M
10China$1.64 M
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January – March 2019

Top Ports

Total Trade: $73.06 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of New York $8,326,490
2Port of Houston $6,781,952
3Port of Los Angeles $5,307,288
4Port of Charleston $4,966,408
5Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $4,898,489
6Port of Long Beach $4,830,081
7Port of Virginia $4,210,891
8Port of Savannah, Ga. $4,164,887
9Rouses Point / Lacolle Border Crossing, N.Y. $3,323,307
10Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $2,784,381

U.S. exports of Plastic waste, scrap decreased 44.80 percent through March to $73.06 million

U.S. exports of Plastic waste, scrap decreased 44.80 percent from $132.37 million to $73.06 million through the first three 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 492 through March among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 357 for the last full year with a total value of $445.66 million, a $187.22 million, 29.58 percent decrease from the 2017 total.

Through March of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 India, No. 3 Hong Kong, No. 4 Mexico and No. 5 South Korea. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of New York, No. 2 Port of Houston, No. 3 Port of Los Angeles, No. 4 Port of Charleston and No. 5 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY.

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 Malaysia, No. 2 Thailand, No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Hong Kong and No. 5 India. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles, No. 2 Port of New York, No. 3 Port of Long Beach, No. 4 Port of Houston and No. 5 Port of Charleston.

January – March 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $16,916,284
2India $13,565,389
3Hong Kong $7,718,010
4Mexico $5,224,244
5South Korea $3,455,138
6Malaysia $3,126,445
7Taiwan $2,998,336
8Indonesia $2,445,705
9Thailand $2,065,242
10China $1,643,094

January – March 2019

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $31,705,800
2New York City $15,981,182
3Houston $11,120,261
4Charleston $9,742,062
5Atlanta/Savannah $8,554,276
6Norfolk $7,544,897
7San Francisco $7,406,880
8Detroit $7,086,967
9Seattle $6,122,412
10Ogdensburg, N.Y. $5,425,308

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

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of New York fell 28.24 percent compared to last year to $8.33 million.
  • Port of Houston fell 29.67 percent compared to last year to $6.78 million.
  • Port of Los Angeles fell 77.88 percent compared to last year to $5.31 million.
  • Port of Charleston fell 56.86 percent compared to last year to $4.97 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY rose 30.02 percent compared to last year to $4.9 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 Canada increased $848,872, 5.28 percent, (23.15 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 India increased $914,677, 7.23 percent, (18.57 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Hong Kong decreased $5.14 million, 39.96 percent, (10.56 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Mexico decreased $985,716, 15.87 percent, (7.15 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 South Korea decreased $96,170, 2.71 percent, (4.73 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 64.16 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through March of this year. That is equal to $46.88 million of the $73.06 million total.

All totaled, 41.44 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through March of this year. That is equal to $30.28 million of the $73.06 million total