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

Imports: Scrap iron, steel

Scrap iron, steel, the No. 219 import by value totaled $149.18 million for the month of December, $1.81 billion through December 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$1.19 B
2Mexico$245.15 M
3The Netherlands$129.15 M
4United Kingdom$98.84 M
5Sweden$71.07 M
6Spain$16.97 M
7Russia$14.91 M
8France$10.09 M
9Belgium$6.21 M
10South Africa$5.9 M
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January – December 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $1.81 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. $346,741,645
2Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $263,615,372
3Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $216,029,258
4Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish $132,157,838
5Port Laredo $113,663,976
6Port of Charleston $112,431,342
7Port of Mobile, Ala. $111,379,291
8Port of Tacoma, Wash. $73,467,037
9Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash. $57,514,144
10Port of Seattle, Wash. $49,137,942

U.S. imports of Scrap iron, steel increased 21.62 percent through December to $1.81 billion

U.S. imports of Scrap iron, steel increased 21.62 percent from $1.49 billion to $1.81 billion in 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 219 through December among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 227 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 December 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 Laredo.

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 – December 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Canada $1,186,241,559
2Mexico $245,154,613
3The Netherlands $129,153,841
4United Kingdom $98,839,872
5Sweden $71,065,823
6Spain $16,974,829
7Russia $14,905,688
8France $10,089,972
9Belgium $6,212,517
10South Africa $5,897,525

January – December 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Detroit $130,364,695
2Buffalo $49,743,688
3Mobile $44,688,940
4Seattle $44,075,340
5Laredo $37,202,419
6New Orleans $29,157,413
7Charleston $26,991,622
8Pembina, N.D. $12,915,966
9Duluth, Minn. $5,809,972
10El Paso $5,624,502

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five through in the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port Huron Blue Water Bridge, Mich. rose 15.85 percent compared to last year to $346.74 million.
  • Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY rose 11.78 percent compared to last year to $263.62 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. rose 7.11 percent compared to last year to $216.03 million.
  • Port of Southern Louisiana, Gramercy, St. James Parish fell 3.91 percent compared to last year to $132.16 million.
  • Port Laredo rose 41.97 percent compared to last year to $113.66 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 $218.67 million, 22.6 percent, (65.55 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Mexico increased $69 million, 39.17 percent, (13.55 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 The Netherlands increased $68.57 million, 113.18 percent, (7.14 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 United Kingdom decreased $62.65 million, 38.79 percent, (5.46 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 Sweden increased $8.22 million, 13.08 percent, (3.93 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 95.62 percent of all these Scrap iron, steel imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through December of this year. That is equal to $1.73 billion of the $1.81 billion total.

All totaled, 59.25 percent of all these Scrap iron, steel imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through December of this year. That is equal to $1.07 billion of the $1.81 billion total