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

Imports: Plastic waste, scrap

Plastic waste, scrap, the No. 650 import by value totaled $20.12 million for the month of March, $59.68 million through March of 2019, and $245.11 million 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
1Mexico$21.83 M
2Canada$11.62 M
3Germany$2.9 M
4Italy$2.77 M
5Honduras$2.64 M
6Japan$2.22 M
7China$1.5 M
8Nigeria$1.31 M
9Taiwan$1.12 M
10Dominican Republic$1.04 M
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January – March 2019

Top Ports

Total Trade: $59.68 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port Laredo $13,997,572
2Port of Charleston $7,052,676
3Port of Newark $3,798,655
4Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $3,422,649
5Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $2,808,621
6Port of Houston $2,257,913
7Port Everglades, Fla. $1,985,710
8Port of Los Angeles $1,873,197
9Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif. $1,864,923
10Port of Virginia $1,719,058

U.S. imports of Plastic waste, scrap increased 3.61 percent through March to $59.68 million

U.S. imports of Plastic waste, scrap increased 3.61 percent from $57.6 million to $59.68 million 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 650 through March among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 655 for the last full year with a total value of $245.11 million, a $23.59 million, 10.65 percent increase from the 2017 total.

Through March of this year the leading sources were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Germany, No. 4 Italy and No. 5 Honduras. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port Laredo, No. 2 Port of Charleston, No. 3 Port of Newark, No. 4 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY and No. 5 Detroit Ambassador 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 Indonesia. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port Laredo, No. 2 Port of Charleston, No. 3 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY, No. 4 Port of Newark and No. 5 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich..

January – March 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $21,826,126
2Canada $11,621,229
3Germany $2,902,009
4Italy $2,767,194
5Honduras $2,641,131
6Japan $2,215,254
7China $1,497,194
8Nigeria $1,305,773
9Taiwan $1,121,769
10Dominican Republic $1,040,844

January – March 2019

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Laredo $20,721,211
2Charleston $9,337,650
3Detroit $6,298,990
4New York City $5,427,670
5Buffalo $3,642,512
6San Diego $3,555,706
7Miami $3,126,044
8Los Angeles $2,730,971
9Houston $2,653,750
10El Paso $2,570,535

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 Laredo fell 6.08 percent compared to last year to $14 million.
  • Port of Charleston fell 7.19 percent compared to last year to $7.05 million.
  • Port of Newark rose 58.16 percent compared to last year to $3.8 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY rose 16.4 percent compared to last year to $3.42 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. rose 9.03 percent compared to last year to $2.81 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 decreased $1.03 million, 4.52 percent, (36.57 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Canada decreased $473,323, 3.91 percent, (19.47 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Germany increased $1.5 million, 107.14 percent, (4.86 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Italy increased $1.6 million, 137.3 percent, (4.64 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 Honduras increased $1.05 million, 65.8 percent, (4.43 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 69.97 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through March of this year. That is equal to $41.76 million of the $59.68 million total.

All totaled, 52.08 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through March of this year. That is equal to $31.08 million of the $59.68 million total