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

Imports: Plastic boxes, containers

Plastic boxes, containers, the No. 64 import by value totaled $704.54 million for the month of October, $6.6 billion through October of 2018, and $7.31 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 Sources

RankCountryYTD
1China$2.29 B
2Canada$1.45 B
3Mexico$690.03 M
4Taiwan$360.8 M
5South Korea$217.5 M
6Thailand$179.93 M
7Germany$162.69 M
8Israel$123.46 M
9Vietnam$117.82 M
10Malaysia$114.66 M
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January – October 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $6.6 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Los Angeles $1,307,535,631
2Port of Newark $913,561,119
3Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $452,028,246
4Port Laredo $395,015,472
5Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $346,043,983
6Port of Long Beach $313,766,318
7Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $276,081,013
8Port of Oakland, Calif. $243,015,746
9Port of Savannah, Ga. $179,978,790
10Port of Virginia $155,732,812

U.S. imports of Plastic boxes, containers increased 8.58 percent through October to $6.6 billion

U.S. imports of Plastic boxes, containers increased 8.58 percent from $6.08 billion to $6.6 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 64 through October among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 64 for the last full year with a total value of $7.31 billion, a $332.75 million, 4.77 percent increase from the 2016 total.

Through October of this year the leading sources were No. 1 China, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 Taiwan and No. 5 South Korea. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles, No. 2 Port of Newark, No. 3 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 4 Port Laredo and No. 5 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY.

In the last previous full year, theleading sources were No. 1 China, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 Taiwan and No. 5 South Korea. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles, No. 2 Port of Newark, No. 3 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 4 Port Laredo and No. 5 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY.

January – October 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $2,287,017,786
2Canada $1,446,106,180
3Mexico $690,031,356
4Taiwan $360,797,413
5South Korea $217,498,802
6Thailand $179,930,798
7Germany $162,691,527
8Israel $123,462,813
9Vietnam $117,817,813
10Malaysia $114,662,889

January – October 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $235,618,919
2New York City $181,920,570
3Detroit $140,128,143
4Laredo $97,678,547
5Chicago $69,415,373
6Buffalo $66,953,966
7San Francisco $45,114,608
8Atlanta/Savannah $40,764,685
9Seattle $37,543,053
10Ogdensburg, N.Y. $33,518,340

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 Los Angeles rose 10.7 percent compared to last year to $1.31 billion.
  • Port of Newark rose 10.9 percent compared to last year to $913.56 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. rose 2.27 percent compared to last year to $452.03 million.
  • Port Laredo rose 6.51 percent compared to last year to $395.02 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY rose 9.22 percent compared to last year to $346.04 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. imports from No. 1 China increased $183.44 million, 8.72 percent, (34.63 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Canada increased $69.42 million, 5.04 percent, (21.9 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Mexico increased $57.31 million, 9.06 percent, (10.45 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Taiwan increased $10.06 million, 2.87 percent, (5.46 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 South Korea increased $18.06 million, 9.06 percent, (3.29 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 75.74 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through October of this year. That is equal to $5 billion of the $6.6 billion total.

All totaled, 51.7 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through October of this year. That is equal to $3.41 billion of the $6.6 billion total