The highest ever monthly import volumes of mono-ethylene glycol and propylene monomer entered China in January 2014. Imports of ethylene monomer were just below record levels set earlier. Continue reading
The highest import volumes ever recorded for China were in January 2014 for LDPE, HDPE, and polypropylene homo-polymer. Continue reading
A Prospectus describing ITP’s World Trade Reviews of 2013, which will be published in March, 2014, can be accessed by clicking on the icon on the ITP home page.
A few highlights of China’s trade in commodity polymers in 2013 are summarized in the News Release that can be accessed by clicking on The China Polymer Trade Report icon on the ITP home page.
The News Release covers:
* The growth in China’s imports of LDPE and HDPE from 2011 through 2013
* The impact of restricted imports of recycle polyethylene on imports of virgin polymer in 2013
* Trends in China’s exports of PVC
* Trends in China’s exports of PET
* Trends in China’s exports of fabricated plastic products
The US is the world’s largest PVC exporter and shipments of uncompounded PVC increased each year from 2009 through 2012. But, in 2013, exports were down from the prior year. Continue reading
The US imports large volumes of PET, but exports have been declining for several years. Continue reading
United States exports of polypropylene homopolymer have been on a downward trend since 2009. Part of that that decline, however, has been offset by increased shipments of propylene copolymers. Continue reading
Although the many facilities being built to use feedstocks from shale gas have yet to start up, US exports of polyethylene increased in both 2013 and 2012. Continue reading