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

Exports: Plastics

Plastics, the No. 27 export by value totaled $955.54 million for the month of October, $8.43 billion through October of 2018, and $7.68 billion 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
1Mexico$1.68 B
2Canada$1.28 B
3China$889.69 M
4Belgium$749.99 M
5Brazil$655.14 M
6Colombia$317.02 M
7Singapore$257.34 M
8Chile$182.98 M
9Peru$169.8 M
10Vietnam$140.09 M
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January – October 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $8.43 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Houston $3,629,667,799
2Port Laredo $1,283,528,229
3Port of New Orleans $551,278,848
4Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $530,418,394
5Port of Los Angeles $410,566,726
6Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $369,178,390
7Port of Long Beach $311,976,154
8Port of Charleston $206,237,044
9Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge, Border Crossing, Texas $131,608,810
10Portal-North Portal Border Crossing, N.D. $105,046,176

U.S. exports of Plastics increased 31.96 percent through October to $8.43 billion

U.S. exports of Plastics increased 31.96 percent from $6.39 billion to $8.43 billion through the first 10 months of 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 27 through October among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 32 for the last full year with a total value of $7.68 billion, a $155.97 million, 2.07 percent increase from the 2016 total.

Through October of this 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.

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 Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich., No. 4 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. and No. 5 Port of New Orleans.

January – October 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $1,680,959,474
2Canada $1,282,057,306
3China $889,692,566
4Belgium $749,988,459
5Brazil $655,141,705
6Colombia $317,016,109
7Singapore $257,341,914
8Chile $182,981,798
9Peru $169,795,127
10Vietnam $140,088,684

January – October 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Houston $645,760,095
2Laredo $276,755,865
3Detroit $172,832,021
4Los Angeles $127,619,220
5New Orleans $79,880,006
6Pembina, N.D. $38,415,347
7Charleston $24,008,611
8San Diego $19,191,928
9New York City $18,965,299
10Ogdensburg, N.Y. $9,392,787

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five through through the first 10 months of the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of Houston rose 41.39 percent compared to last year to $3.63 billion.
  • Port Laredo rose 17.3 percent compared to last year to $1.28 billion.
  • Port of New Orleans rose 75.04 percent compared to last year to $551.28 million.
  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. rose 7.9 percent compared to last year to $530.42 million.
  • Port of Los Angeles rose 38.46 percent compared to last year to $410.57 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 increased $279.97 million, 19.98 percent, (19.94 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Canada increased $96.81 million, 8.17 percent, (15.21 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 China increased $191.32 million, 27.39 percent, (10.56 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Belgium increased $359.06 million, 91.85 percent, (8.9 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Brazil increased $215.94 million, 49.17 percent, (7.77 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 62.39 percent of all these Plastics exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through October of this year. That is equal to $5.26 billion of the $8.43 billion total.

All totaled, 76 percent of all these Plastics exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through October of this year. That is equal to $6.41 billion of the $8.43 billion total