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

Exports: Scrap iron, steel

Scrap iron, steel, the No. 51 export by value totaled $426.78 million for the month of December, $5.91 billion through December of 2018, and $4.92 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
1Turkey$1.09 B
2Taiwan$718.23 M
3Mexico$551.93 M
4India$422.17 M
5Vietnam$335.11 M
6South Korea$312.3 M
7Bangladesh$288.45 M
8China$284.87 M
9Egypt$261.75 M
10Canada$229.29 M

Top Gateways

RankPortYTD
1Port of Los Angeles$766.38 M
2Port of Newark$679.5 M
3Port of Oakland, Calif.$447.21 M
4Port of Long Beach$442.68 M
5Port of Philadelphia$318.84 M
6Port of Tacoma, Wash.$259.16 M
7Port of Boston$245.45 M
8Port of Providence, R.I.$244.18 M
9Port of New York$216.73 M
10Port of Houston$170.47 M
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January – December 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $5.91 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Los Angeles $766,375,907
2Port of Newark $679,499,847
3Port of Oakland, Calif. $447,214,295
4Port of Long Beach $442,682,380
5Port of Philadelphia $318,843,119
6Port of Tacoma, Wash. $259,158,293
7Port of Boston $245,447,958
8Port of Providence, R.I. $244,178,520
9Port of New York $216,733,264
10Port of Houston $170,471,474

U.S. exports of Scrap iron, steel increased 20.24 percent through December to $5.91 billion

U.S. exports of Scrap iron, steel increased 20.24 percent from $4.92 billion to $5.91 billion 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 51 through December among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 57 for the last full year with a total value of $4.92 billion, a $1.31 billion, 36.41 percent increase from the 2016 total.

Through December of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Turkey, No. 2 Taiwan, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 India and No. 5 Vietnam. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles, No. 2 Port of Newark, No. 3 Port of Oakland, Calif., No. 4 Port of Long Beach and No. 5 Port of Philadelphia.

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 Turkey, No. 2 China, No. 3 Taiwan, No. 4 Mexico and No. 5 Pakistan. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles, No. 2 Port of Newark, No. 3 Port of Long Beach, No. 4 Port of Oakland, Calif. and No. 5 Port of Philadelphia.

January – December 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Turkey $1,085,899,791
2Taiwan $718,226,706
3Mexico $551,927,383
4India $422,170,804
5Vietnam $335,107,198
6South Korea $312,303,515
7Bangladesh $288,451,399
8China $284,873,250
9Egypt $261,752,010
10Canada $229,286,824

January – December 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1LOS ANGELES, CA $491,149,240
2NEW YORK CITY, NY $400,838,578
3SAN FRANCISCO, CA $266,572,456
4BOSTON, MA $171,503,278
5COLUMBIA-SNAKE, OR $169,371,410
6SEATTLE, WA $148,898,218
7PHILADELPHIA, PA $132,728,762
8LAREDO, TX $127,049,260
9HOUSTON-GALVESTON, TX $105,325,630
10PROVIDENCE, RI $98,265,906

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 rose 10.14 percent compared to last year to $766.38 million.
  • Port of Newark rose 31.03 percent compared to last year to $679.5 million.
  • Port of Oakland, Calif. rose 26.92 percent compared to last year to $447.21 million.
  • Port of Long Beach rose 17.14 percent compared to last year to $442.68 million.
  • Port of Philadelphia rose 28.07 percent compared to last year to $318.84 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 Turkey increased $65.22 million, 6.39 percent, (18.37 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Taiwan increased $254.7 million, 54.95 percent, (12.15 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Mexico increased $138.89 million, 33.63 percent, (9.34 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 India increased $164.28 million, 63.7 percent, (7.14 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Vietnam increased $127.87 million, 61.71 percent, (5.67 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 52.67 percent of all these Scrap iron, steel exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through December of this year. That is equal to $3.11 billion of the $5.91 billion total.

All totaled, 44.91 percent of all these Scrap iron, steel exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through December of this year. That is equal to $2.65 billion of the $5.91 billion total