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

Imports: Plastic waste, scrap

Plastic waste, scrap, the No. 653 import by value totaled $19.92 million for the month of December, $245.11 million through December 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$98.72 M
2Canada$47.05 M
3Honduras$10.59 M
4China$9.92 M
5Japan$9.68 M
6Italy$6.27 M
7Germany$5.59 M
8Nigeria$5.46 M
9Dominican Republic$4.84 M
10Indonesia$4.6 M
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January – December 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $245.11 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port Laredo $62,938,138
2Port of Charleston $31,749,001
3Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $11,582,610
4Port of Newark $11,121,341
5Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $10,115,102
6Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $9,450,956
7Port of Los Angeles $9,034,917
8Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif. $8,632,050
9El Paso Border Crossing, Texas $7,126,630
10Port Everglades, Fla. $6,980,770

U.S. imports of Plastic waste, scrap increased 10.65 percent through December to $245.11 million

U.S. imports of Plastic waste, scrap increased 10.65 percent from $221.52 million to $245.11 million 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 653 through December 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 $221.52 million, a $8.98 million, 4.22 percent increase from the 2016 total.

Through December of this year the leading sources were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Honduras, No. 4 China 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 Port of Newark 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 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 – December 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $98,717,734
2Canada $47,048,173
3Honduras $10,588,645
4China $9,916,844
5Japan $9,676,091
6Italy $6,266,297
7Germany $5,585,951
8Nigeria $5,456,293
9Dominican Republic $4,841,888
10Indonesia $4,603,151

January – December 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Laredo $15,420,950
2Charleston $6,429,753
3Detroit $4,766,191
4New York City $4,495,935
5San Diego $2,631,905
6Buffalo $2,601,937
7Miami $2,302,368
8Los Angeles $1,941,200
9El Paso $1,728,683
10Houston $1,552,743

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five through in the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port Laredo rose 22.56 percent compared to last year to $62.94 million.
  • Port of Charleston rose 43.2 percent compared to last year to $31.75 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY fell 18.12 percent compared to last year to $11.58 million.
  • Port of Newark rose 5.66 percent compared to last year to $11.12 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. fell 15.63 percent compared to last year to $10.12 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 $13.04 million, 15.22 percent, (40.27 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Canada decreased $4.98 million, 9.57 percent, (19.19 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Honduras increased $680,365, 6.87 percent, (4.32 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 China decreased $1.49 million, 13.08 percent, (4.05 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 Japan increased $6.8 million, 236.1 percent, (3.95 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 71.78 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through December of this year. That is equal to $175.95 million of the $245.11 million total.

All totaled, 52.02 percent of all these Plastic waste, scrap imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through December of this year. That is equal to $127.51 million of the $245.11 million total