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

Exports: Scrap iron, steel

Scrap iron, steel, the No. 64 export by value totaled $388.18 million for the month of March, $1.2 billion through March of 2020, and $5.34 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
1Turkey$267.99 M
2Taiwan$128.13 M
3Mexico$125.46 M
4India$115.33 M
5Malaysia$87.72 M
6South Korea$63.25 M
7Pakistan$62.73 M
8Thailand$60.47 M
9Bangladesh$58.96 M
10Vietnam$44.1 M
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January – March 2020

Top Ports

Total Trade: $1.2 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Los Angeles $145,939,367
2Port of Newark $114,922,306
3Port of Long Beach $95,671,553
4Port of Oakland, Calif. $80,371,258
5Port of New York $79,548,370
6Port of Philadelphia $56,719,733
7Port of Boston $51,863,957
8Port of Baltimore, Md. $42,736,104
9Port of Providence, R.I. $42,040,338
10Port of Tacoma, Wash. $36,881,940

U.S. exports of Scrap iron, steel increased 5.31 percent through March to $1.2 billion

U.S. exports of Scrap iron, steel increased 5.31 percent from $1.14 billion to $1.2 billion through the first three 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 64 through March among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 69 for the last full year with a total value of $5.34 billion, a $570.68 million, 9.66 percent decrease from the 2018 total.

Through March of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Turkey, No. 2 Taiwan, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 India and No. 5 Malaysia. 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 New York.

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 Turkey, No. 2 Taiwan, No. 3 South Korea, No. 4 India and No. 5 Mexico. 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 New York.

January – March 2020

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Turkey $267,985,080
2Taiwan $128,129,385
3Mexico $125,457,054
4India $115,325,181
5Malaysia $87,721,919
6South Korea $63,246,064
7Pakistan $62,733,868
8Thailand $60,468,834
9Bangladesh $58,963,439
10Vietnam $44,101,738

January – March 2020

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1LOS ANGELES, CA $208,733,330
2NEW YORK CITY, NY $141,170,548
3SAN FRANCISCO, CA $73,447,308
4BOSTON, MA $49,921,316
5PHILADELPHIA, PA $47,272,170
6MIAMI, FL $43,560,160
7COLUMBIA-SNAKE, OR $38,027,172
8NORFOLK, VA $33,224,300
9HOUSTON-GALVESTON, TX $31,865,392
10SEATTLE, WA $31,112,782

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

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of Los Angeles rose 4.98 percent compared to last year to $145.94 million.
  • Port of Newark fell 1.19 percent compared to last year to $114.92 million.
  • Port of Long Beach rose 7.59 percent compared to last year to $95.67 million.
  • Port of Oakland, Calif. fell 21.49 percent compared to last year to $80.37 million.
  • Port of New York rose 30.62 percent compared to last year to $79.55 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 $31.65 million, 13.39 percent, (22.31 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Taiwan decreased $25.68 million, 16.7 percent, (10.67 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Mexico increased $40.92 million, 48.41 percent, (10.45 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 India increased $12.59 million, 12.25 percent, (9.6 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Malaysia increased $17.03 million, 24.09 percent, (7.3 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 60.34 percent of all these Scrap iron, steel exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through March of this year. That is equal to $724.62 million of the $1.2 billion total.

All totaled, 43 percent of all these Scrap iron, steel exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through March of this year. That is equal to $516.45 million of the $1.2 billion total