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

Imports: Plastic boxes, containers

Plastic boxes, containers, the No. 66 import by value totaled $525.17 million for the month of February, $1.15 billion through February of 2020, and $7.51 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 Sources

RankCountryYTD
1China$289.15 M
2Canada$272.94 M
3Mexico$135.95 M
4Taiwan$76.12 M
5South Korea$41.7 M
6Vietnam$41.43 M
7Thailand$33.88 M
8Israel$33.83 M
9Malaysia$26.3 M
10Germany$24.21 M
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January – February 2020

Top Ports

Total Trade: $1.15 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Los Angeles $193,631,338
2Port of Newark $151,882,768
3Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $93,889,106
4Port Laredo $73,602,691
5Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $63,912,316
6Port of Long Beach $51,126,664
7Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $46,746,955
8Port of Oakland, Calif. $38,490,256
9Port of Savannah, Ga. $35,805,319
10Port of Virginia $29,220,854

U.S. imports of Plastic boxes, containers decreased 7.24 percent through February to $1.15 billion

U.S. imports of Plastic boxes, containers decreased 7.24 percent from $1.24 billion to $1.15 billion through the first two 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 66 through February among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 63 for the last full year with a total value of $7.51 billion, a $397.38 million, 5.03 percent decreased from the 2018 total.

Through February 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 – February 2020

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $289,151,417
2Canada $272,944,476
3Mexico $135,945,795
4Taiwan $76,122,376
5South Korea $41,702,093
6Vietnam $41,434,743
7Thailand $33,879,553
8Israel $33,832,681
9Malaysia $26,298,526
10Germany $24,208,418

January – February 2020

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $100,984,486
2New York City $81,811,510
3Detroit $68,097,679
4Laredo $44,187,899
5Chicago $33,010,978
6Buffalo $31,571,463
7Atlanta/Savannah $22,317,792
8Seattle $20,614,994
9San Francisco $19,265,726
10San Diego $16,580,631

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

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of Los Angeles fell 20.28 percent compared to last year to $193.63 million.
  • Port of Newark fell 14.56 percent compared to last year to $151.88 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. rose 6.76 percent compared to last year to $93.89 million.
  • Port Laredo fell 2.81 percent compared to last year to $73.6 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY fell 3.98 percent compared to last year to $63.91 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 $92.83 million, 24.3 percent, (25.15 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Canada decreased $3.16 million, 1.14 percent, (23.74 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Mexico increased $441,929, 0.33 percent, (11.82 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Taiwan increased $4.8 million, 6.73 percent, (6.62 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 South Korea decreased $4.77 million, 10.27 percent, (3.63 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 70.96 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through February of this year. That is equal to $815.87 million of the $1.15 billion total.

All totaled, 50.17 percent of all these Plastic boxes, containers imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through February of this year. That is equal to $576.92 million of the $1.15 billion total