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

Exports: Plastics

Plastics, the No. 24 export by value totaled $839.27 million for the month of February, $1.71 billion through February 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$290.28 M
2Canada$217.87 M
3Belgium$171.21 M
4Brazil$124.88 M
5China$110.34 M
6Colombia$63.86 M
7Vietnam$52.47 M
8Singapore$46.28 M
9Turkey$43.95 M
10Malaysia$41.85 M
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January – February 2019

Top Ports

Total Trade: $1.71 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Houston $815,894,571
2Port Laredo $208,672,993
3Port of New Orleans $101,285,973
4Port of Los Angeles $86,901,489
5Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $85,679,769
6Port of Charleston $82,991,711
7Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $70,296,078
8Port of Long Beach $36,917,711
9Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge, Border Crossing, Texas $26,506,490
10Port of Savannah, Ga. $18,910,022

U.S. exports of Plastics increased 16.19 percent through February to $1.71 billion

U.S. exports of Plastics increased 16.19 percent from $1.47 billion to $1.71 billion through the first two 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 24 through February 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 February of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Belgium, No. 4 Brazil and No. 5 China. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Houston, No. 2 Port Laredo, No. 3 Port of New Orleans, No. 4 Port of Los Angeles and No. 5 Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich..

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 China, No. 4 Brazil and No. 5 Belgium. 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 – February 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $290,276,548
2Canada $217,870,166
3Belgium $171,208,411
4Brazil $124,876,059
5China $110,340,530
6Colombia $63,860,168
7Vietnam $52,474,291
8Singapore $46,278,976
9Turkey $43,954,042
10Malaysia $41,852,444

January – February 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 two months of the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of Houston rose 30.17 percent compared to last year to $815.89 million.
  • Port Laredo fell 12.63 percent compared to last year to $208.67 million.
  • Port of New Orleans rose 26.93 percent compared to last year to $101.29 million.
  • Port of Los Angeles rose 12.73 percent compared to last year to $86.9 million.
  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. fell 13.41 percent compared to last year to $85.68 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 $19.91 million, 6.42 percent, (16.99 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Canada decreased $21.68 million, 9.05 percent, (12.75 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Belgium increased $71.35 million, 71.46 percent, (10.02 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Brazil increased $16.54 million, 15.26 percent, (7.31 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 China decreased $96.4 million, 46.63 percent, (6.46 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 53.54 percent of all these Plastics exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through February of this year. That is equal to $914.57 million of the $1.71 billion total.

All totaled, 76.01 percent of all these Plastics exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through February of this year. That is equal to $1.3 billion of the $1.71 billion total