Massive Rise in China’s Imports of Methanol

China’s imports of methanol surged to new highs in the second quarter of 2016 and continued very strong through August. Year to date, imports were up 68%.

Imports through August 2016, 5.9 million tons, exceeded the amount of methanol China had imported in any year from 2011 through 2015.

cnimeohaug2016Because of the huge increase, China accounted for about a quarter of the world’s trade volume, up from 14%-18% in the last five years.

China’s leading suppliers through August, all with large percentage increases from the prior year were: Iran, 1.7 million tons; New Zealand, 1.1 million tons; Oman, 0.8 million tons; Saudi Arabia, 0.6 million tons; Trinidad/Tobago, 0.5 million tons; United States, 0.2 million tons.

From International Trader Publications’ Methanol World Trade Report. For more information contact