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

Exports: Plastic waste, scrap

Plastic waste, scrap, the No. 401 export by value totaled $26.67 million for the month of December, $445.66 million through December 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$69.08 M
2Malaysia$57.18 M
3Hong Kong$53.97 M
4India$49.96 M
5Thailand$43.08 M
6Vietnam$27.64 M
7Mexico$24.52 M
8China$21.58 M
9Taiwan$20.77 M
10South Korea$14.09 M
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January – December 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $445.66 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Los Angeles $60,219,279
2Port of New York $46,717,188
3Port of Long Beach $43,013,726
4Port of Houston $34,057,266
5Port of Charleston $30,897,776
6Port of Savannah, Ga. $28,390,732
7Port of Virginia $24,021,616
8Port of Oakland, Calif. $23,479,031
9Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $17,344,193
10Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $12,652,765

U.S. exports of Plastic waste, scrap decreased 29.58 percent through December to $445.66 million

U.S. exports of Plastic waste, scrap decreased 29.58 percent from $632.88 million to $445.66 million in 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 401 through December among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 325 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 December 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 – December 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $69,076,008
2Malaysia $57,182,532
3Hong Kong $53,967,637
4India $49,961,495
5Thailand $43,076,415
6Vietnam $27,638,198
7Mexico $24,516,413
8China $21,580,424
9Taiwan $20,766,181
10South Korea $14,090,382

January – December 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1LOS ANGELES, CA $52,844,830
2NEW YORK CITY, NY $25,894,756
3CHARLESTON, SC $16,741,700
4HOUSTON-GALVESTON, TX $16,262,142
5SAVANNAH, GA $13,717,562
6SAN FRANCISCO, CA $12,549,556
7NORFOLK, VA $12,421,638
8SEATTLE, WA $11,169,718
9DETROIT, MI $10,241,402
10OGDENSBURG, NY $7,988,820

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five through in the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of Los Angeles fell 43.36 percent compared to last year to $60.22 million.
  • Port of New York fell 11.07 percent compared to last year to $46.72 million.
  • Port of Long Beach fell 52.19 percent compared to last year to $43.01 million.
  • Port of Houston fell 17.37 percent compared to last year to $34.06 million.
  • Port of Charleston fell 38.38 percent compared to last year to $30.9 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 $1.15 million, 1.69 percent, (15.5 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Malaysia increased $26.08 million, 83.83 percent, (12.83 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Hong Kong decreased $77.01 million, 58.8 percent, (12.11 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 India decreased $8.41 million, 14.4 percent, (11.21 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Thailand increased $32.34 million, 301.37 percent, (9.67 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 61.32 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through December of this year. That is equal to $273.26 million of the $445.66 million total.

All totaled, 48.22 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through December of this year. That is equal to $214.91 million of the $445.66 million total