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

Exports: Plastic waste, scrap

Plastic waste, scrap, the No. 485 export by value totaled $24.66 million for the month of July, $174.48 million through July 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$39.13 M
2India$29.13 M
3Hong Kong$17.54 M
4Mexico$12.01 M
5Taiwan$9.72 M
6Indonesia$9.48 M
7South Korea$7.46 M
8Malaysia$6.86 M
9Vietnam$4.25 M
10Thailand$4.02 M
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January – July 2019

Top Ports

Total Trade: $174.48 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of New York $19,163,720
2Port of Long Beach $13,582,076
3Port of Houston $13,545,208
4Port of Los Angeles $12,755,460
5Port of Charleston $12,083,886
6Port of Virginia $10,761,397
7Port of Savannah, Ga. $10,118,035
8Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $9,771,208
9Rouses Point / Lacolle Border Crossing, N.Y. $8,540,631
10Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $6,578,312

U.S. exports of Plastic waste, scrap decreased 42.26 percent through July to $174.48 million

U.S. exports of Plastic waste, scrap decreased 42.26 percent from $302.2 million to $174.48 million 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 485 through July among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 373 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 July of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 India, No. 3 Hong Kong, No. 4 Mexico and No. 5 Taiwan. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of New York, No. 2 Port of Long Beach, No. 3 Port of Houston, No. 4 Port of Los Angeles and No. 5 Port of Charleston.

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 Malaysia, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Thailand, No. 4 India and No. 5 Hong Kong. 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 – July 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $39,134,733
2India $29,132,646
3Hong Kong $17,540,784
4Mexico $12,013,562
5Taiwan $9,723,213
6Indonesia $9,475,798
7South Korea $7,459,620
8Malaysia $6,862,799
9Vietnam $4,251,737
10Thailand $4,016,618

January – July 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 seven months of the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of New York fell 40.56 percent compared to last year to $19.16 million.
  • Port of Long Beach fell 53.21 percent compared to last year to $13.58 million.
  • Port of Houston fell 39.35 percent compared to last year to $13.55 million.
  • Port of Los Angeles fell 72.82 percent compared to last year to $12.76 million.
  • Port of Charleston fell 46.51 percent compared to last year to $12.08 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 decreased $1.03 million, 2.56 percent, (22.43 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 India decreased $1.72 million, 5.58 percent, (16.7 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Hong Kong decreased $12.54 million, 41.68 percent, (10.05 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Mexico decreased $1.91 million, 13.74 percent, (6.89 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Taiwan decreased $1.69 million, 14.83 percent, (5.57 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 61.64 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through July of this year. That is equal to $107.54 million of the $174.48 million total.

All totaled, 40.77 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through July of this year. That is equal to $71.13 million of the $174.48 million total