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.
This article on China’s commodity polymer trade flows was published today in ICIS Chemical Business: http://www.icis.com/Articles/2012/05/21/9561012/trade-flows-reveal-china-polymers-picture.html
The data in the article is entirely from ITP’s China Polymer Trade Report. The article was co-authored by Jean J Sudol, president of International Trader Publications and Robert Bauman of Polymer Consulting International.
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