Current year-to-date ( YTD ) data is through June 2020.

Exports: Plastics

Plastics, the No. 19 export by value totaled $889.63 million for the month of June, $5.48 billion through June of 2020, and $10.97 billion for all of 2019, 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$687.92 M
2Canada$565.95 M
3Belgium$520.84 M
4China$519.22 M
5Brazil$333.24 M
6Malaysia$282.85 M
7Singapore$265.46 M
8Colombia$171.72 M
9South Korea$137.83 M
10Turkey$135.12 M
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U.S. exports of Plastics increased 0.25 percent through June to $5.48 billion

U.S. exports of Plastics increased 0.25 percent from $5.47 billion to $5.48 billion through the first six months of 2020 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 19 through June among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 23 for the last full year with a total value of $10.97 billion, a $823.41 million, 8.12 percent increase from the 2018 total.

Through June of this year the leading sources 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 of Los Angeles and No. 5 Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich..

In the last previous full year, the leading sources 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 Los Angeles, No. 2 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 3 Port of Charleston, No. 4 Port of Long Beach and No. 5 Eagle Pass.

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

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of Houston rose 10.51 percent compared to last year to $3.05 billion.
  • Port Laredo fell 18.49 percent compared to last year to $505.28 million.
  • Port of New Orleans rose 10.15 percent compared to last year to $370.29 million.
  • Port of Los Angeles fell 8.24 percent compared to last year to $229.4 million.
  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. fell 14.38 percent compared to last year to $227.21 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 from No. 1 Mexico decreased $175.38 million, 20.31 percent, (12.54 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports from No. 2 Canada decreased $92.87 million, 14.1 percent, (10.32 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports from No. 3 Belgium decreased $59.74 million, 10.29 percent, (9.5 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports from No. 4 China increased $92.24 million, 21.6 percent, (9.47 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports from No. 5 Brazil increased $5.89 million, 1.8 percent, (6.08 percent market share).

All totaled, 47.91 percent of all these Plastics exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through June of this year. That is equal to $2.63 billion of the $5.48 billion total.

All totaled, 79.97 percent of all these Plastics exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through June of this year. That is equal to $4.39 billion of the $5.48 billion total