Propylene monomer global trade in 2017 was 8.0 million tons, up 2% from 2016.
Ethylene global trade in 2017 was 7.9 million tons up 10% from 2016.
Butadiene global trade in 2017 was 2.7 million tons, up 7% from 2016.
Butylene global trade in 2017 was just over 1 million tons, a 2% increase from 2016.
The US exported a total of 1.7 million tons of recycle polymers in 2017. Imports into the US of recycle polymers were 429,000 tons, up 2%. Continue reading
Imports of fabricated plastic products that can be specifically identified by polymer were 3.5 million tons in 2017, up 17%. (Much larger volumes of fabricated products are imported as mixtures of polymers.) Imports were at record high levels for most of the year, including through the fourth quarter.
Shipments totaled 5.3 million tons for the year, with volumes at record high levels early in the year, a slowdown from May through November, then a surge in December.
Imports were at record levels for most of the second half of 2017.
Monthly import volume fell to 64,000 tons in December, the price steady throughout the fourth quarter around $490/ton.
China imported 1.9 million tons of recycle polyethylene from all sources in 2017, down 23%. Imports trended lower for most of the year with further declines expected in 2018 as restrictions come into full force. Continue reading