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

Imports: Plastic boxes, containers

Plastic boxes, containers, the No. 64 import by value totaled $656.6 million for the month of December, $7.9 billion through December 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$2.74 B
2Canada$1.71 B
3Mexico$813.58 M
4Taiwan$430.25 M
5South Korea$263.65 M
6Thailand$218.93 M
7Germany$190.24 M
8Israel$158.96 M
9Vietnam$149.2 M
10Malaysia$139.42 M
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January – December 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $7.9 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Los Angeles $1,576,142,563
2Port of Newark $1,090,318,197
3Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $536,631,331
4Port Laredo $468,148,410
5Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $408,741,139
6Port of Long Beach $373,509,230
7Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $329,382,803
8Port of Oakland, Calif. $284,842,936
9Port of Savannah, Ga. $217,862,180
10Port of Virginia $186,470,266

U.S. imports of Plastic boxes, containers increased 8.13 percent through December to $7.9 billion

U.S. imports of Plastic boxes, containers increased 8.13 percent from $7.31 billion to $7.9 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 64 through December 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 December 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 – December 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $2,736,358,790
2Canada $1,711,623,155
3Mexico $813,575,650
4Taiwan $430,252,624
5South Korea $263,651,941
6Thailand $218,932,021
7Germany $190,241,496
8Israel $158,956,517
9Vietnam $149,199,904
10Malaysia $139,419,997

January – December 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $360,858,612
2New York City $277,398,601
3Detroit $208,066,380
4Laredo $139,718,098
5Chicago $104,519,260
6Buffalo $96,197,228
7San Francisco $69,471,968
8Atlanta/Savannah $61,270,894
9Seattle $59,810,498
10Ogdensburg, N.Y. $49,087,834

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 8.17 percent compared to last year to $1.58 billion.
  • Port of Newark rose 10.57 percent compared to last year to $1.09 billion.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. rose 3.67 percent compared to last year to $536.63 million.
  • Port Laredo rose 3.72 percent compared to last year to $468.15 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY rose 7.13 percent compared to last year to $408.74 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 $203.1 million, 8.02 percent, (34.63 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Canada increased $81.86 million, 5.02 percent, (21.66 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Mexico increased $53.04 million, 6.97 percent, (10.3 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Taiwan increased $9.78 million, 2.33 percent, (5.44 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 South Korea increased $20.99 million, 8.65 percent, (3.34 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 75.36 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through December of this year. That is equal to $5.96 billion of the $7.9 billion total.

All totaled, 51.63 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through December of this year. That is equal to $4.08 billion of the $7.9 billion total