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

Exports: Plastics

Plastics, the No. 21 export by value totaled $973.37 million for the month of August, $7.39 billion through August of 2019, and $10.14 billion 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
1Mexico$1.17 B
2Canada$867.38 M
3Belgium$772.63 M
4China$564.34 M
5Brazil$458.43 M
6Vietnam$266.63 M
7Singapore$252.21 M
8Malaysia$229.65 M
9Colombia$224.58 M
10Turkey$160.19 M
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January – August 2019

Top Ports

Total Trade: $7.39 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Houston $3,773,808,040
2Port Laredo $845,689,642
3Port of New Orleans $469,886,591
4Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $343,425,265
5Port of Los Angeles $328,156,530
6Port of Charleston $286,117,049
7Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $280,372,438
8Port of Long Beach $152,560,956
9Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge, Border Crossing, Texas $101,609,926
10Port of Savannah, Ga. $94,273,368

U.S. exports of Plastics increased 12.18 percent through August to $7.39 billion

U.S. exports of Plastics increased 12.18 percent from $6.59 billion to $7.39 billion through the first eight 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 21 through August among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 28 for the last full year with a total value of $10.14 billion, a $2.46 billion, 32.10 percent increase from the 2017 total.

Through August of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Belgium, No. 4 China and No. 5 Brazil. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Houston, No. 2 Port Laredo, No. 3 Port of New Orleans, No. 4 Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. and No. 5 Port of Los Angeles.

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 China, No. 4 Belgium and No. 5 Brazil. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Houston, No. 2 Port Laredo, No. 3 Port of New Orleans, No. 4 Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. and No. 5 Port of Los Angeles.

January – August 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $1,169,178,203
2Canada $867,376,954
3Belgium $772,630,960
4China $564,343,147
5Brazil $458,428,888
6Vietnam $266,629,596
7Singapore $252,205,203
8Malaysia $229,651,092
9Colombia $224,583,402
10Turkey $160,194,943

January – August 2019

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Houston $1,443,358,881
2Laredo $553,641,316
3Detroit $346,413,613
4Los Angeles $271,039,484
5New Orleans $165,221,139
6Charleston $107,009,241
7Pembina, N.D. $63,518,812
8San Diego $35,865,692
9New York City $35,572,686
10Atlanta/Savannah $32,571,109

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

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of Houston rose 35.16 percent compared to last year to $3.77 billion.
  • Port Laredo fell 21.15 percent compared to last year to $845.69 million.
  • Port of New Orleans rose 12.94 percent compared to last year to $469.89 million.
  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. fell 20.57 percent compared to last year to $343.43 million.
  • Port of Los Angeles rose 2.62 percent compared to last year to $328.16 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 Mexico decreased $204.76 million, 14.9 percent, (15.82 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Canada decreased $155.68 million, 15.22 percent, (11.73 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Belgium increased $207.44 million, 36.7 percent, (10.45 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 China decreased $230.54 million, 29 percent, (7.63 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Brazil decreased $39.85 million, 8 percent, (6.2 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 51.84 percent of all these Plastics exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through August of this year. That is equal to $3.83 billion of the $7.39 billion total.

All totaled, 77.93 percent of all these Plastics exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through August of this year. That is equal to $5.76 billion of the $7.39 billion total