Author Archives: JJSUDOL

About JJSUDOL

Jean Sudol is president of International Trader Publications, which analyzes global trade flows in polymers and chemicals. Prior to founding ITP in 1984, she worked in research at Union Carbide, in planning at Mobil Chemical, and, following that, in the industry as a consultant on trade. Jean has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Fordham University, a Masters degree in Organic Chemistry from New York University and a Masters degree in Business from Manhattan College.

US Polymer Exports, and, Imports of Fabricated Plastics Hit New Highs

Exports from the US of commodity polymers trended higher through most of the first half of 2018 and set a new record in June. Imports of fabricated plastic products also hit a new high in June.

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US Exports of LNG to Rise

If a trade accord between the US and the EU is finalized and the US puts in place more export terminals, LNG exports from the US will rise. Through May 2018, the US exported a total of LNG totaled 9.0 million tons, up 61% from the same period in 2017. Exports have been  climbing since early 2016. Korea, Mexico and China were the top three export destinations to date, with relatively small volumes to the EU. Continue reading