Current data is through December 2019.

Exports: Plastic waste, scrap

Plastic waste, scrap, the No. 504 export by value totaled $17.35 million for the month of December, $278.56 million in 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

RankCountry2019
1Canada$64.49 M
2India$33 M
3Hong Kong$29.6 M
4Mexico$19.23 M
5Malaysia$15.99 M
6Taiwan$14.73 M
7South Korea$11.43 M
8Indonesia$10.69 M
9Thailand$8.62 M
10China$8.4 M
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U.S. exports of Plastic waste, scrap decreased 37.49 percent through December 2019 to $278.56 million

U.S. exports of Plastic waste, scrap decreased 37.49 percent from $445.66 million to $278.56 million in 2019 when compared to 2018, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 504 in 2019 among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 401 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 December of 2019 the top trade partners were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 India, No. 3 Hong Kong, No. 4 Mexico and No. 5 Malaysia. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of New York, No. 2 Port of Los Angeles, 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 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.

January – December 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $64,490,780
2India $32,996,420
3Hong Kong $29,596,455
4Mexico $19,227,140
5Malaysia $15,992,307
6Taiwan $14,725,573
7South Korea $11,426,604
8Indonesia $10,690,513
9Thailand $8,620,247
10China $8,396,514

January – December 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 of 2019 were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of New York fell 41.08 percent compared to last year to $27.52 million.
  • Port of Los Angeles fell 58.59 percent compared to last year to $24.93 million.
  • Port of Long Beach fell 49.01 percent compared to last year to $21.93 million.
  • Port of Houston fell 45.08 percent compared to last year to $18.71 million.
  • Port of Charleston fell 40.7 percent compared to last year to $18.32 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 $4.59 million, 6.64 percent, (23.15 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 India decreased $16.97 million, 33.96 percent, (11.85 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Hong Kong decreased $24.37 million, 45.16 percent, (10.62 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Mexico decreased $5.29 million, 21.57 percent, (6.9 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Malaysia decreased $41.19 million, 72.03 percent, (5.74 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 58.26 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets in 2019. That is equal to $162.3 million of the $278.56 million total.

All totaled, 40 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports in 2019. That is equal to $111.42 million of the $278.56 million total