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

Imports: Misc. plastic articles

Misc. plastic articles, the No. 41 import by value totaled $847.1 million for the month of December, $10.73 billion through December of 2018, and $9.78 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$5.17 B
2Mexico$1.39 B
3Canada$1.04 B
4Germany$480.65 M
5Japan$413.77 M
6Taiwan$316.43 M
7South Korea$252.87 M
8Israel$172.91 M
9United Kingdom$154.27 M
10Italy$129.31 M
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January – December 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $10.73 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Los Angeles $1,902,372,037
2Port of Newark $935,008,995
3Port of Long Beach $668,617,199
4Port of Savannah, Ga. $588,478,973
5Port Laredo $425,977,444
6Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $409,196,791
7Chicago O’Hare International Airport $402,516,752
8El Paso Border Crossing, Texas $398,495,043
9Los Angeles International Airport $319,133,743
10Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif. $309,601,407

U.S. imports of Misc. plastic articles increased 9.74 percent through December to $10.73 billion

U.S. imports of Misc. plastic articles increased 9.74 percent from $9.78 billion to $10.73 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 41 through December among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 45 for the last full year with a total value of $9.78 billion, a $980.34 million, 11.14 percent increase from the 2016 total.

Through December of this year the leading sources were No. 1 China, No. 2 Mexico, No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Germany and No. 5 Japan. 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 Savannah, Ga. and No. 5 Port Laredo.

In the last previous full year, theleading sources were No. 1 China, No. 2 Mexico, No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Germany and No. 5 Japan. 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 Savannah, Ga. and No. 5 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich..

January – December 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $5,173,620,520
2Mexico $1,390,627,871
3Canada $1,038,382,021
4Germany $480,651,182
5Japan $413,766,513
6Taiwan $316,428,693
7South Korea $252,868,485
8Israel $172,906,423
9United Kingdom $154,274,084
10Italy $129,311,445

January – December 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $435,100,842
2Chicago $229,668,156
3New York City $226,930,465
4Detroit $160,753,960
5Laredo $155,617,922
6Atlanta/Savannah $142,812,120
7Cleveland $139,416,340
8El Paso $114,741,986
9New Orleans $102,078,560
10San Francisco $83,884,995

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 10.24 percent compared to last year to $1.9 billion.
  • Port of Newark rose 13.17 percent compared to last year to $935.01 million.
  • Port of Long Beach rose 14.19 percent compared to last year to $668.62 million.
  • Port of Savannah, Ga. rose 14.82 percent compared to last year to $588.48 million.
  • Port Laredo rose 5.59 percent compared to last year to $425.98 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 $617.15 million, 13.54 percent, (48.21 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Mexico increased $21.32 million, 1.56 percent, (12.96 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Canada increased $49.23 million, 4.98 percent, (9.68 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Germany increased $46.47 million, 10.7 percent, (4.48 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 Japan increased $33.68 million, 8.86 percent, (3.86 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 79.18 percent of all these Misc. plastic articles imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through December of this year. That is equal to $8.5 billion of the $10.73 billion total.

All totaled, 42.12 percent of all these Misc. plastic articles imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through December of this year. That is equal to $4.52 billion of the $10.73 billion total