Current year-to-date ( YTD ) data is through February 2020.

Imports: Scrap iron, steel

Scrap iron, steel, the No. 252 import by value totaled $117.88 million for the month of February, $217.01 million through February of 2020, and $1.3 billion for all of 2019, 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$146.79 M
2Mexico$30.66 M
3Sweden$18.41 M
4The Netherlands$11.68 M
5United Kingdom$7.1 M
6Russia$1.05 M
7China$355,383
8Chile$155,816
9Taiwan$143,219
10India$129,055
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January – February 2020

Top Ports

Total Trade: $217.01 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $64,798,056
2Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $28,714,736
3Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $22,109,000
4Port Laredo $18,838,138
5Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish $16,634,283
6Port of Mobile, Ala. $12,047,212
7Port of Charleston $11,471,927
8Port of Tacoma, Wash. $7,522,909
9Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash. $7,119,631
10Portal-North Portal Border Crossing, N.D. $4,330,868

U.S. imports of Scrap iron, steel decreased 20.99 percent through February to $217.01 million

U.S. imports of Scrap iron, steel decreased 20.99 percent from $274.66 million to $217.01 million through the first two months of 2020 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 252 through February among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 225 for the last full year with a total value of $1.3 billion, a $508.32 million, 28.09 percent decreased from the 2018 total.

Through February 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 Laredo and No. 5 Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish.

In the last previous full year, theleading 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 Laredo and No. 5 Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish.

January – February 2020

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $146,785,696
2Mexico $30,663,083
3Sweden $18,408,743
4The Netherlands $11,677,286
5United Kingdom $7,103,476
6Russia $1,054,333
7China $355,383
8Chile $155,816
9Taiwan $143,219
10India $129,055

January – February 2020

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Detroit $38,998,868
2Mobile $14,236,484
3Seattle $11,413,841
4Buffalo $10,544,821
5Laredo $10,015,451
6Charleston $9,211,957
7Pembina, N.D. $3,491,760
8Duluth, Minn. $1,329,773
9El Paso $1,260,299
10San Diego $1,209,874

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

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. rose 22.78 percent compared to last year to $64.8 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. fell 9.3 percent compared to last year to $28.71 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY fell 35.52 percent compared to last year to $22.11 million.
  • Port Laredo rose 38.53 percent compared to last year to $18.84 million.
  • Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish fell 43.18 percent compared to last year to $16.63 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 $10.92 million, 6.92 percent, (67.64 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Mexico decreased $8.09 million, 20.88 percent, (14.13 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Sweden decreased $12.69 million, 40.8 percent, (8.48 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 The Netherlands decreased $8.97 million, 43.44 percent, (5.38 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 United Kingdom decreased $12.69 million, 64.12 percent, (3.27 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 98.91 percent of all these Scrap iron, steel imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through February of this year. That is equal to $214.64 million of the $217.01 million total.

All totaled, 69.62 percent of all these Scrap iron, steel imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through February of this year. That is equal to $151.09 million of the $217.01 million total