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

Imports: Plastics

Plastics, the No. 100 import by value totaled $390.94 million for the month of October, $3.99 billion through October of 2018, and $4.38 billion 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
1Canada$3.4 B
2Mexico$94.92 M
3Germany$81.15 M
4Japan$49.8 M
5South Korea$46.59 M
6Singapore$45.56 M
7China$40.23 M
8Belgium$39.02 M
9France$27.5 M
10The Netherlands$25.42 M
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January – October 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $3.99 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1International Falls, Minn. $1,203,425,965
2Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $833,234,123
3Portal-North Portal Border Crossing, N.D. $794,977,127
4Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash. $181,572,980
5Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $136,407,380
6Port of Newark $104,801,393
7Port of Eastport, Idaho $80,005,832
8Port of Virginia $74,732,729
9Port of Mobile, Ala. $66,574,643
10Port of Houston $53,415,620

U.S. imports of Plastics increased 10.02 percent through October to $3.99 billion

U.S. imports of Plastics increased 10.02 percent from $3.63 billion to $3.99 billion 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 100 through October among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 101 for the last full year with a total value of $4.38 billion, a $230.45 million, 5.55 percent increase from the 2016 total.

Through October of this year the leading 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.

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 Portal-North Portal Border Crossing, N.D., No. 3 Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich., No. 4 Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash. and No. 5 Port of Newark.

January – October 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $3,401,962,936
2Mexico $94,921,210
3Germany $81,154,816
4Japan $49,800,099
5South Korea $46,590,231
6Singapore $45,563,155
7China $40,234,540
8Belgium $39,017,312
9France $27,497,219
10The Netherlands $25,418,503

January – October 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Duluth, Minn. $257,852,163
2Pembina, N.D. $163,286,975
3Detroit $148,416,491
4Seattle $42,345,361
5Great Falls, Mont. $27,713,554
6Buffalo $25,159,260
7Houston $16,381,526
8New York City $15,639,009
9Mobile $14,812,476
10Cleveland $11,986,516

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:

  • International Falls, Minn. rose 16.87 percent compared to last year to $1.2 billion.
  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. rose 30.28 percent compared to last year to $833.23 million.
  • Portal-North Portal Border Crossing, N.D. fell 4.9 percent compared to last year to $794.98 million.
  • Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash. rose 10.48 percent compared to last year to $181.57 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY rose 25.3 percent compared to last year to $136.41 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 increased $404.48 million, 13.49 percent, (85.3 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Mexico decreased $15.4 million, 13.96 percent, (2.38 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Germany increased $1.44 million, 1.81 percent, (2.03 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Japan decreased $11.9 million, 19.28 percent, (1.25 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 South Korea decreased $12.83 million, 21.6 percent, (1.17 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 92.13 percent of all these Plastics imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through October of this year. That is equal to $3.67 billion of the $3.99 billion total.

All totaled, 78.97 percent of all these Plastics imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through October of this year. That is equal to $3.15 billion of the $3.99 billion total