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

Imports: Plastic waste, scrap

Plastic waste, scrap, the No. 664 import by value totaled $19.36 million for the month of July, $134.6 million through July 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$48.78 M
2Canada$28.73 M
3Honduras$7.12 M
4Germany$6.1 M
5Japan$5.19 M
6China$3.62 M
7Italy$3.12 M
8South Korea$2.31 M
9Nigeria$2.24 M
10Taiwan$2.23 M
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January – July 2019

Top Ports

Total Trade: $134.6 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port Laredo $30,311,175
2Port of Charleston $14,267,398
3Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $8,295,106
4Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $7,792,789
5Port of Newark $7,783,520
6Port of Los Angeles $5,663,639
7Port of Houston $4,902,024
8Port Everglades, Fla. $4,529,559
9Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif. $4,414,009
10Port of Virginia $4,390,598

U.S. imports of Plastic waste, scrap decreased 4.03 percent through July to $134.6 million

U.S. imports of Plastic waste, scrap decreased 4.03 percent from $140.25 million to $134.6 million through the first seven 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 664 through July among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 653 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 July of this year the leading sources were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Honduras, No. 4 Germany and No. 5 Japan. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port Laredo, No. 2 Port of Charleston, No. 3 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 4 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY and No. 5 Port of Newark.

In the last previous full year, theleading sources were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 China, No. 4 Japan and No. 5 Honduras. 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 – July 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $48,784,141
2Canada $28,729,775
3Honduras $7,117,663
4Germany $6,097,478
5Japan $5,192,538
6China $3,621,854
7Italy $3,119,510
8South Korea $2,306,462
9Nigeria $2,244,681
10Taiwan $2,228,086

January – July 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 seven months of the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port Laredo fell 16.35 percent compared to last year to $30.31 million.
  • Port of Charleston fell 27.31 percent compared to last year to $14.27 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. rose 38.77 percent compared to last year to $8.3 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY rose 19.57 percent compared to last year to $7.79 million.
  • Port of Newark rose 55.57 percent compared to last year to $7.78 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 $8.57 million, 14.94 percent, (36.25 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Canada increased $801,279, 2.87 percent, (21.35 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Honduras increased $2.36 million, 49.5 percent, (5.29 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Germany increased $3.34 million, 121.36 percent, (4.53 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 Japan increased $279,700, 5.69 percent, (3.86 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 71.27 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through July of this year. That is equal to $95.92 million of the $134.6 million total.

All totaled, 50.86 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through July of this year. That is equal to $68.45 million of the $134.6 million total