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Current year-to-date ( YTD ) data is through March 2019.

Imports: Plastic boxes, containers

Plastic boxes, containers, the No. 65 import by value totaled $590.76 million for the month of March, $1.83 billion through March of 2019, and $7.9 billion for all of 2018, 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$515.82 M
2Canada$424.19 M
3Mexico$205.69 M
4Taiwan$106.99 M
5South Korea$74.25 M
6Israel$56.52 M
7Thailand$51.25 M
8Vietnam$43.48 M
9Malaysia$40.89 M
10Germany$39.92 M
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January – March 2019

Top Ports

Total Trade: $1.83 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Los Angeles $335,393,371
2Port of Newark $252,032,613
3Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $135,881,323
4Port Laredo $115,122,661
5Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $100,041,652
6Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $82,677,255
7Port of Long Beach $75,927,134
8Port of Savannah, Ga. $60,546,004
9Port of Oakland, Calif. $58,942,307
10Port of Virginia $42,859,645

U.S. imports of Plastic boxes, containers decreased 1.36 percent through March to $1.83 billion

U.S. imports of Plastic boxes, containers decreased 1.36 percent from $1.86 billion to $1.83 billion through the first three months of 2019 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 65 through March among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 62 for the last full year with a total value of $7.9 billion, a $594.48 million, 8.13 percent increase from the 2017 total.

Through March 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 – March 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $515,824,052
2Canada $424,188,273
3Mexico $205,685,630
4Taiwan $106,985,785
5South Korea $74,247,160
6Israel $56,517,114
7Thailand $51,254,787
8Vietnam $43,475,795
9Malaysia $40,888,165
10Germany $39,924,553

January – March 2019

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $471,755,850
2New York City $365,896,829
3Detroit $282,703,245
4Laredo $186,968,282
5Chicago $142,021,822
6Buffalo $130,299,642
7San Francisco $92,836,878
8Atlanta/Savannah $81,992,483
9Seattle $80,455,604
10Ogdensburg, N.Y. $66,029,883

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 fell 6.12 percent compared to last year to $335.39 million.
  • Port of Newark fell 5.16 percent compared to last year to $252.03 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. rose 4.17 percent compared to last year to $135.88 million.
  • Port Laredo fell 1.37 percent compared to last year to $115.12 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY fell 1.7 percent compared to last year to $100.04 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 decreased $110.99 million, 17.71 percent, (28.18 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Canada increased $8.33 million, 2 percent, (23.18 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Mexico increased $4.38 million, 2.17 percent, (11.24 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Taiwan increased $4.62 million, 4.51 percent, (5.85 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 South Korea increased $12.78 million, 20.8 percent, (4.06 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 72.5 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through March of this year. That is equal to $1.33 billion of the $1.83 billion total.

All totaled, 51.27 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through March of this year. That is equal to $938.47 million of the $1.83 billion total