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

Imports: Synthetic staple fibers

Synthetic staple fibers, the No. 392 import by value totaled $44.27 million for the month of May, $279.32 million through May of 2020, and $789.63 million 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
1South Korea$68.3 M
2China$26.96 M
3Thailand$21.45 M
4Vietnam$18.49 M
5Japan$18.09 M
6Indonesia$17.83 M
7Germany$15.9 M
8Turkey$13.77 M
9India$13.61 M
10France$11.06 M
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U.S. imports of Synthetic staple fibers decreased 22.36 percent through May to $279.32 million

U.S. imports of Synthetic staple fibers decreased 22.36 percent from $359.76 million to $279.32 million through the first five 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 392 through May among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 370 for the last full year with a total value of $789.63 million, a $79.15 million, 9.11 percent decreased from the 2018 total.

Through May of this year the leading sources were No. 1 South Korea, No. 2 China, No. 3 Thailand, No. 4 Vietnam and No. 5 Japan. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Charleston, No. 2 Port of Virginia, No. 3 Port of Savannah, Ga., No. 4 Port of Los Angeles and No. 5 Port of Newark.

In the last previous full year, the leading sources were No. 1 South Korea, No. 2 China, No. 3 Thailand, No. 4 Indonesia and No. 5 India. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Charleston, No. 2 Port of Virginia, No. 3 Port of Los Angeles, No. 4 Port of Newark and No. 5 Port of Mobile, Ala..

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

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of Charleston fell 31.88 percent compared to last year to $94.32 million.
  • Port of Virginia fell 14.87 percent compared to last year to $43.88 million.
  • Port of Savannah, Ga. fell 19.19 percent compared to last year to $42.37 million.
  • Port of Los Angeles fell 27.55 percent compared to last year to $28.03 million.
  • Port of Newark fell 1.02 percent compared to last year to $22.79 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 South Korea decreased $15.2 million, 18.21 percent, (24.45 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 China decreased $22.65 million, 45.66 percent, (9.65 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Thailand decreased $22.18 million, 50.84 percent, (7.68 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Vietnam increased $1.58 million, 9.32 percent, (6.62 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 Japan increased $1.28 million, 7.59 percent, (6.48 percent market share).

All totaled, 54.88 percent of all these Synthetic staple fibers imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through May of this year. That is equal to $153.29 million of the $279.32 million total.

All totaled, 82.84 percent of all these Synthetic staple fibers imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through May of this year. That is equal to $231.38 million of the $279.32 million total