Iran exports large volumes of polyethylene, LNG, liquefied propane and butane gases, methanol and ethylene glycol. As of April, 2019 shipments of all of these products were down versus the same period in 2018, except ethylene glycol.
The March 1 deadline for an increase from 10% to 25% in tariffs by the US on $200 Billion of imports from China has been postponed, but tariffs on many polymers and chemicals put in place earlier by both countries remain.
United States’ exports of several chemicals surged in the first half of 2015: shipments of acetone, benzene, ethylene glycol, methanol, phenol, propylene and VAM were up 16% to 142% from the same period in 2014.
The highest ever monthly import volumes of mono-ethylene glycol and propylene monomer entered China in January 2014. Imports of ethylene monomer were just below record levels set earlier. Continue reading →
China’s exports of PVC and PET surged in April 2011. Imports of numerous products fell sharply during the month. Despite the declines, import totals YTD for many products remained close to last year’s high levels.