Over 1 million tons of plastic film and sheet was imported into the United States in 2016. Imports were up 10% through July 2017. Film and sheet from polyethylene, PET and polypropylene were the largest volume imports, followed by PVC, polystyrene and polycarbonates.
Global trade in PE film/sheet was nearly 5 million tons in 2016, up 7% from the prior year. Trade volume through July 2017 was up 6%. Trade within the regions of Western Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America, and also shipments between Western and Eastern Europe, are prominent trade patterns for PE film and sheet.
United States exports of recycle polyethylene, polypropylene, PET and PVC all plummeted in July 2017.
The volume of liquefied natural gas traded globally through July 2017 exceeded 150 million tons, up 11% from last year, based on latest available trade statistics.
The United States exported 118,500 tons of cyclohexane through June 2017, up 52% from the same period in 2016. Shipments hit a new monthly high of 35,000 tons in May, but slowed to 8300 tons in June.