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

Imports: Scrap iron, steel

Scrap iron, steel, the No. 214 import by value totaled $147.26 million for the month of October, $1.55 billion through October of 2018, and $1.49 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$995.24 M
2Mexico$203.39 M
3The Netherlands$119.28 M
4United Kingdom$98.68 M
5Sweden$59.45 M
6Spain$16.97 M
7Russia$14.06 M
8France$10.09 M
9South Africa$5.9 M
10Finland$3.43 M
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January – October 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $1.55 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $285,369,215
2Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $232,256,138
3Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $177,472,078
4Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish $132,157,838
5Port of Mobile, Ala. $95,351,085
6Port Laredo $94,381,717
7Port of Charleston $93,645,036
8Port of Tacoma, Wash. $62,364,059
9Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash. $50,541,815
10Port of Seattle, Wash. $42,157,090

U.S. imports of Scrap iron, steel increased 22.77 percent through October to $1.55 billion

U.S. imports of Scrap iron, steel increased 22.77 percent from $1.26 billion to $1.55 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 214 through October among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 229 for the last full year with a total value of $1.49 billion, a $539.24 million, 56.84 percent increase from the 2016 total.

Through October of this year the leading sources were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Mexico, No. 3 The Netherlands, 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 of Mobile, Ala..

In the last previous full year, theleading sources were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 Mexico, No. 3 United Kingdom, No. 4 Sweden and No. 5 The Netherlands. 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 of Mobile, Ala..

January – October 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $995,241,402
2Mexico $203,387,028
3The Netherlands $119,276,643
4United Kingdom $98,677,684
5Sweden $59,445,418
6Spain $16,972,778
7Russia $14,056,861
8France $10,087,680
9South Africa $5,897,525
10Finland $3,426,653

January – October 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Detroit $78,473,926
2Buffalo $36,672,078
3Mobile $30,961,431
4Seattle $30,769,068
5Laredo $23,040,019
6New Orleans $23,036,802
7Charleston $8,207,892
8Pembina, N.D. $6,784,046
9San Diego $4,595,910
10Houston $4,038,617

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:

  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. rose 15.21 percent compared to last year to $285.37 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY rose 13.61 percent compared to last year to $232.26 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. rose 6.08 percent compared to last year to $177.47 million.
  • Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish rose 7.77 percent compared to last year to $132.16 million.
  • Port of Mobile, Ala. fell 2.29 percent compared to last year to $95.35 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 $179.77 million, 22.05 percent, (64.34 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Mexico increased $58.24 million, 40.12 percent, (13.15 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 The Netherlands increased $67.91 million, 132.2 percent, (7.71 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 United Kingdom decreased $32.38 million, 24.71 percent, (6.38 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 Sweden decreased $3.37 million, 5.36 percent, (3.84 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 95.43 percent of all these Scrap iron, steel imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through October of this year. That is equal to $1.48 billion of the $1.55 billion total.

All totaled, 59.65 percent of all these Scrap iron, steel imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through October of this year. That is equal to $922.61 million of the $1.55 billion total