Trends in LDPE/LLDPE Global Trade

Global trade in LDPE/LLDPE was 22.3 million tons in 2022. LDPE/LLDPE accounted for 33% of the 68 million tons of all grades of ethylene polymers traded globally that year.

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Trends in Polyethylene Global Trade

The volume of polyethylene traded globally expanded strongly from 2013 through 2019 but then slowed and, in 2021 and 2022, contracted.

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Trends in EDC and VCM Global Trade

Global trade volume for both EDC and VCM trended upward from 2018 through 2020 but then diverged, with profound changes in regional, and country, imports and exports over the period.

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Caustic Soda Global Trade 2018-2022: Steady Volume; Huge Increase in Asia-Pacific Exports.

The volume of caustic soda in aqueous solution traded globally has ranged narrowly between 20.2 and 21.4 million tons per year from 2018 to 2022. During that period Asia-Pacific exports to other regions increased 270%, particularly impacting exports out of North America and the Middle East.

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Vietnam is a Major Importer of Many Polymers, Chemicals and Related Products

Polyolefins, PTA, liquefied propane gas, soda ash, PVC, MEG, PET and methanol were leading imports, with sizable volumes also of recyclable PE, ABS, polycarbonates and caustic soda.

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New ITP Products

At the request of subscribers, ITP now analyzes global trade in soda ash, caustic soda, all available recyclable polymers, adipic acid, acetic anhydride, paraformaldehyde, MIBK, DOTP, polymeric MDI, Identified – PBT, – MMA and – IPA (based on available statistics), and medical rubber gloves (natural and synthetic).