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

Imports: Plastics

Plastics, the No. 104 import by value totaled $342.33 million for the month of August, $2.9 billion through August of 2019, and $4.74 billion 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
1Canada$2.44 B
2Germany$83.93 M
3Mexico$71.63 M
4South Korea$58.2 M
5Japan$38.06 M
6China$30.48 M
7Belgium$26.69 M
8Singapore$24.29 M
9France$16.49 M
10The Netherlands$16.46 M
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January – August 2019

Top Ports

Total Trade: $2.9 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1International Falls, Minn. $812,376,652
2Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $620,963,105
3Portal-North Portal Border Crossing, N.D. $603,968,930
4Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash. $137,634,360
5Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $114,884,195
6Port of Newark $76,221,444
7Port of Mobile, Ala. $52,732,939
8Port of Houston $48,510,386
9Port of Eastport, Idaho $45,498,596
10Port of Virginia $43,558,140

U.S. imports of Plastics decreased 10.01 percent through August to $2.9 billion

U.S. imports of Plastics decreased 10.01 percent from $3.23 billion to $2.9 billion through the first eight 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 104 through August among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 99 for the last full year with a total value of $4.74 billion, a $350.83 million, 8.00 percent increase from the 2017 total.

Through August of this year the leading sources were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Germany, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 South Korea and No. 5 Japan. The leading gateways were No. 1 International Falls, Minn., No. 2 Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich., No. 3 Portal-North Portal Border Crossing, N.D., No. 4 Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash. and No. 5 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY.

In the last previous full year, theleading sources were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Mexico, No. 3 Germany, No. 4 Japan and No. 5 South Korea. The leading gateways were No. 1 International Falls, Minn., No. 2 Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich., No. 3 Portal-North Portal Border Crossing, N.D., No. 4 Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash. and No. 5 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY.

January – August 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $2,436,021,312
2Germany $83,930,318
3Mexico $71,631,980
4South Korea $58,203,348
5Japan $38,059,698
6China $30,475,025
7Belgium $26,694,449
8Singapore $24,293,804
9France $16,490,521
10The Netherlands $16,462,524

January – August 2019

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Duluth, Minn. $499,157,915
2Detroit $309,745,881
3Pembina, N.D. $296,760,717
4Seattle $73,840,565
5Great Falls, Mont. $53,071,361
6Buffalo $48,441,153
7New York City $32,544,203
8Mobile $29,091,862
9Houston $27,723,934
10Wilmington $27,096,143

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

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • International Falls, Minn. fell 17.32 percent compared to last year to $812.38 million.
  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. fell 6.58 percent compared to last year to $620.96 million.
  • Portal-North Portal Border Crossing, N.D. fell 5.68 percent compared to last year to $603.97 million.
  • Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash. fell 7.49 percent compared to last year to $137.63 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY rose 2.8 percent compared to last year to $114.88 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 Canada decreased $310.91 million, 11.32 percent, (83.92 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Germany increased $16.93 million, 25.27 percent, (2.89 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Mexico decreased $3.75 million, 4.97 percent, (2.47 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 South Korea increased $20.14 million, 52.92 percent, (2.01 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 Japan decreased $2.73 million, 6.69 percent, (1.31 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 92.6 percent of all these Plastics imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through August of this year. That is equal to $2.69 billion of the $2.9 billion total.

All totaled, 78.89 percent of all these Plastics imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through August of this year. That is equal to $2.29 billion of the $2.9 billion total