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

Imports: Plastic waste, scrap

Plastic waste, scrap, the No. 655 import by value totaled $22.78 million for the month of October, $203.09 million through October of 2018, and $221.52 million 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
1Mexico$84 M
2Canada$40.18 M
3China$8.31 M
4Honduras$8.07 M
5Japan$8.05 M
6Nigeria$4.96 M
7Germany$4.08 M
8Dominican Republic$4.06 M
9Indonesia$3.94 M
10Ecuador$3.3 M
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January – October 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $203.09 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port Laredo $53,945,082
2Port of Charleston $27,253,290
3Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $9,618,124
4Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $8,707,012
5Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $8,231,245
6Port of Newark $7,922,198
7Port of Los Angeles $7,339,557
8Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif. $7,241,469
9Port Everglades, Fla. $5,858,043
10El Paso Border Crossing, Texas $5,722,161

U.S. imports of Plastic waste, scrap increased 12.13 percent through October to $203.09 million

U.S. imports of Plastic waste, scrap increased 12.13 percent from $181.11 million to $203.09 million 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 655 through October among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 657 for the last full year with a total value of $221.52 million, a $8.98 million, 4.22 percent increase from the 2016 total.

Through October of this year the leading sources were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 China, No. 4 Honduras and No. 5 Japan. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port Laredo, No. 2 Port of Charleston, No. 3 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY, No. 4 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. and No. 5 Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich..

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

January – October 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $83,998,129
2Canada $40,184,932
3China $8,313,696
4Honduras $8,068,069
5Japan $8,054,579
6Nigeria $4,960,896
7Germany $4,083,835
8Dominican Republic $4,064,865
9Indonesia $3,942,909
10Ecuador $3,304,691

January – October 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Laredo $10,913,549
2Charleston $4,918,062
3Detroit $3,564,898
4New York City $2,159,167
5Miami $1,739,224
6Buffalo $1,674,906
7San Diego $1,603,045
8Los Angeles $1,163,173
9El Paso $1,159,930
10San Francisco $1,127,190

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 Laredo rose 30.75 percent compared to last year to $53.95 million.
  • Port of Charleston rose 54.2 percent compared to last year to $27.25 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY fell 20.15 percent compared to last year to $9.62 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. fell 16.61 percent compared to last year to $8.71 million.
  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. fell 0.06 percent compared to last year to $8.23 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 Mexico increased $13.4 million, 18.97 percent, (41.36 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Canada decreased $4.03 million, 9.12 percent, (19.79 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 China decreased $277,568, 3.23 percent, (4.09 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Honduras decreased $373,532, 4.42 percent, (3.97 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 Japan increased $6.01 million, 293.24 percent, (3.97 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 73.18 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through October of this year. That is equal to $148.62 million of the $203.09 million total.

All totaled, 53.06 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through October of this year. That is equal to $107.75 million of the $203.09 million total