Based on statistics from 75 countries, polypropylene homopolymer trade was 19.7 million tons of the 29 million ton total, up 4%; propylene copolymers trade was 9.6 million tons, also up 4%.
Ethylene-alpha-olefins copolymers are a new product designation by the World Customs Organization as of 2017 that has been assigned a unique Harmonized System code number. Trade in 2017 visible from statistics of more than 70 countries totaled 7.5 million tons.
The total of all ethylene polymers imported and exported in 2017 was 59 million tons, up 7% from 2016, based on statistics from over 70 countries.
North America exported 4.8 million tons of ethylene polymers to destinations outside the region in 2017, down 7%. Shipments to Europe and Latin America generally declined across polymer grades but exports to Asia-Pacific were higher.
Western Europe imported 4.3 million tons of ethylene polymers in 2017 from all outside sources, up 4% from the prior year, and exported to destinations outside the region slightly less than it had imported, 4.2 million tons, up 7%.
China is the world’s largest polyethylene importer, with a volume in 2017 of 13.5 million tons, up 18%. Continue reading
In addition to polyethylene, mainly in the form of conventional high pressure polymer, China has proposed tariffs on a number of other chemical and related products. The largest volumes potentially impacted include liquefied propane gas, PVC and EDC.
The volume of US exports of polyethylene that could potentially be exposed to punitive tariffs totaled 229,000 tons in 2017. Conventional high pressure low density polyethylene was 155,000 tons of that total. Continue reading