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

Exports: Plastic waste, scrap

Plastic waste, scrap, the No. 391 export by value totaled $32.17 million for the month of October, $392.36 million through October of 2018, and $632.88 million 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
1Canada$58.74 M
2Malaysia$54.96 M
3Hong Kong$46.28 M
4India$42.31 M
5Thailand$39.9 M
6Vietnam$27.15 M
7Mexico$20.25 M
8China$19.12 M
9Taiwan$18.37 M
10South Korea$11.37 M
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January – October 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $392.36 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Los Angeles $54,981,230
2Port of New York $42,074,777
3Port of Long Beach $37,230,863
4Port of Houston $29,461,338
5Port of Charleston $28,269,509
6Port of Savannah, Ga. $25,309,756
7Port of Virginia $21,436,580
8Port of Oakland, Calif. $20,700,335
9Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $14,575,697
10Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $10,935,027

U.S. exports of Plastic waste, scrap decreased 28.17 percent through October to $392.36 million

U.S. exports of Plastic waste, scrap decreased 28.17 percent from $546.22 million to $392.36 million 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 391 through October among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 321 for the last full year with a total value of $632.88 million, a $100.94 million, 13.75 percent decrease from the 2016 total.

Through October of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Malaysia, No. 3 Hong Kong, No. 4 India and No. 5 Thailand. 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.

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

January – October 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $58,744,400
2Malaysia $54,959,716
3Hong Kong $46,282,133
4India $42,311,203
5Thailand $39,898,399
6Vietnam $27,148,325
7Mexico $20,246,153
8China $19,118,055
9Taiwan $18,370,997
10South Korea $11,365,913

January – October 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $20,651,258
2New York City $9,806,602
3Charleston $7,113,795
4Houston $6,319,689
5Atlanta/Savannah $5,473,300
6Norfolk $4,959,861
7San Francisco $4,628,184
8Seattle $4,244,760
9Detroit $3,335,908
10Ogdensburg, N.Y. $2,812,884

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 of Los Angeles fell 39.24 percent compared to last year to $54.98 million.
  • Port of New York fell 5.75 percent compared to last year to $42.07 million.
  • Port of Long Beach fell 52.93 percent compared to last year to $37.23 million.
  • Port of Houston fell 20.38 percent compared to last year to $29.46 million.
  • Port of Charleston fell 36.12 percent compared to last year to $28.27 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 $1.11 million, 1.93 percent, (14.97 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Malaysia increased $34.16 million, 164.21 percent, (14.01 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Hong Kong decreased $72.04 million, 60.89 percent, (11.8 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 India decreased $9.01 million, 17.55 percent, (10.78 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Thailand increased $34.9 million, 698.96 percent, (10.17 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 61.73 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through October of this year. That is equal to $242.2 million of the $392.36 million total.

All totaled, 48.94 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through October of this year. That is equal to $192.02 million of the $392.36 million total