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

Imports: Scrap iron, steel

Scrap iron, steel, the No. 231 import by value totaled $120.81 million for the month of March, $395.47 million through March of 2019, and $1.81 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$254.54 M
2Mexico$61.15 M
3Sweden$31.1 M
4The Netherlands$20.66 M
5United Kingdom$20 M
6Belgium$3.77 M
7Japan$615,922
8Trinidad and Tobago$556,059
9China$502,699
10Marshall Islands$477,500
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January – March 2019

Top Ports

Total Trade: $395.47 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $88,943,472
2Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $50,883,259
3Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $50,454,582
4Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish $29,273,544
5Port of Charleston $25,572,777
6Port Laredo $24,430,640
7Port of Mobile, Ala. $17,735,774
8Port of Greater Baton Rouge, La. $14,157,787
9Port of Tacoma, Wash. $13,337,115
10Brownsville International Bridges $13,257,774

U.S. imports of Scrap iron, steel decreased 4.55 percent through March to $395.47 million

U.S. imports of Scrap iron, steel decreased 4.55 percent from $414.3 million to $395.47 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 231 through March among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 220 for the last full year with a total value of $1.81 billion, a $321.76 million, 21.62 percent increase from the 2017 total.

Through March of this year the leading sources were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Mexico, No. 3 Sweden, No. 4 The Netherlands and No. 5 United Kingdom. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich., No. 2 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 3 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY, No. 4 Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish and No. 5 Port of Charleston.

In the last previous full year, theleading sources were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 The Netherlands, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 United Kingdom and No. 5 Sweden. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich., No. 2 Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY, No. 3 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich., No. 4 Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish and No. 5 Port Laredo.

January – March 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $254,535,742
2Mexico $61,145,748
3Sweden $31,098,780
4The Netherlands $20,658,004
5United Kingdom $19,996,445
6Belgium $3,772,118
7Japan $615,922
8Trinidad and Tobago $556,059
9China $502,699
10Marshall Islands $477,500

January – March 2019

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Detroit $178,403,536
2Buffalo $68,035,183
3Seattle $58,329,241
4Laredo $52,019,098
5Mobile $46,989,637
6New Orleans $29,213,968
7Charleston $26,994,198
8Pembina, N.D. $17,443,509
9Duluth, Minn. $7,985,979
10El Paso $7,185,130

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 Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. rose 20.92 percent compared to last year to $88.94 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. rose 9.98 percent compared to last year to $50.88 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY fell 20.71 percent compared to last year to $50.45 million.
  • Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish rose 27.21 percent compared to last year to $29.27 million.
  • Port of Charleston fell 11.16 percent compared to last year to $25.57 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 $3.42 million, 1.32 percent, (64.36 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Mexico increased $6.51 million, 11.91 percent, (15.46 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Sweden increased $21.69 million, 230.7 percent, (7.86 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 The Netherlands decreased $41.2 million, 66.6 percent, (5.22 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 United Kingdom increased $6.32 million, 46.19 percent, (5.06 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 97.97 percent of all these Scrap iron, steel imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through March of this year. That is equal to $387.43 million of the $395.47 million total.

All totaled, 61.98 percent of all these Scrap iron, steel imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through March of this year. That is equal to $245.13 million of the $395.47 million total