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

Imports: Scrap of precious metal

Scrap of precious metal, the No. 186 import by value totaled $225.69 million for the month of August, $1.51 billion through August of 2019, and $1.89 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
1Germany$402.61 M
2Canada$237.46 M
3United Kingdom$192.46 M
4Mexico$110.17 M
5Japan$89.91 M
6Singapore$44.14 M
7Taiwan$41.93 M
8Dominican Republic$41.51 M
9Saudi Arabia$30.46 M
10Italy$27.83 M
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January – August 2019

Top Ports

Total Trade: $1.51 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Charleston $331,888,597
2Port of Houston $139,877,152
3Miami International Airport $121,123,718
4Port of Newark $106,117,053
5Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport $88,355,706
6Port of Los Angeles $84,954,089
7John F. Kennedy International Airport $73,275,552
8Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Minn. $72,691,500
9Port Laredo $69,926,214
10Blaine / Surrey Border Crossing, Wash. $64,407,993

U.S. imports of Scrap of precious metal increased 17.72 percent through August to $1.51 billion

U.S. imports of Scrap of precious metal increased 17.72 percent from $1.28 billion to $1.51 billion through the first eight 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 186 through August among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 203 for the last full year with a total value of $1.89 billion, a $44.73 million, 2.43 percent increase from the 2017 total.

Through August of this year the leading sources were No. 1 Germany, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 United Kingdom, No. 4 Mexico and No. 5 Japan. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Charleston, No. 2 Port of Houston, No. 3 Miami International Airport, No. 4 Port of Newark and No. 5 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

In the last previous full year, theleading sources were No. 1 Germany, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 Singapore and No. 5 United Kingdom. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Charleston, No. 2 Port of Houston, No. 3 Los Angeles International Airport, No. 4 Port of Newark and No. 5 John F. Kennedy International Airport.

January – August 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Germany $402,612,377
2Canada $237,457,415
3United Kingdom $192,459,347
4Mexico $110,165,994
5Japan $89,912,194
6Singapore $44,141,377
7Taiwan $41,930,842
8Dominican Republic $41,510,921
9Saudi Arabia $30,461,981
10Italy $27,825,586

January – August 2019

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1New York City $100,319,956
2Charleston $92,134,719
3Atlanta/Savannah $74,659,862
4Houston $72,698,366
5Los Angeles $58,448,318
6Detroit $49,260,902
7Buffalo $47,925,113
8Miami $38,737,744
9Laredo $23,525,799
10Seattle $20,417,765

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

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of Charleston rose 87.46 percent compared to last year to $331.89 million.
  • Port of Houston rose 0.05 percent compared to last year to $139.88 million.
  • Miami International Airport rose 81.13 percent compared to last year to $121.12 million.
  • Port of Newark rose 16.11 percent compared to last year to $106.12 million.
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport rose 49.62 percent compared to last year to $88.36 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 Germany increased $80.36 million, 24.94 percent, (26.75 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Canada decreased $22.47 million, 8.65 percent, (15.77 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 United Kingdom increased $108.58 million, 129.46 percent, (12.79 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Mexico increased $4.58 million, 4.34 percent, (7.32 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 Japan increased $29.45 million, 48.72 percent, (5.97 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 68.6 percent of all these Scrap of precious metal imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through August of this year. That is equal to $1.03 billion of the $1.51 billion total.

All totaled, 52.31 percent of all these Scrap of precious metal imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through August of this year. That is equal to $787.36 million of the $1.51 billion total