Which Country Exports the Most Caustic Soda in the World?

Basic Chemicals May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Which Country Exports the Most Caustic Soda in the World?

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Caustic Soda - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

In 2016, approx. 33M tonnes of caustic soda were imported worldwide- surging by 3% against the previous year figure. In general, caustic soda imports continue to indicate a modest expansion. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010, when imports increased by 7% year-to-year. Global caustic soda import peaked of 33M tonnes in 2014- however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, caustic soda imports totaled $4.9B in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +1.7% from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. Global caustic soda import peaked of $6B in 2012- however, from 2013 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Caustic Soda Importing Countries in the World

1. Australia (652.8 million USD)

2. Brazil (330.5 million USD)

3. USA (252.9 million USD)

4. Netherlands (186.2 million USD)

5. France (178.5 million USD)

6. Belgium (162.4 million USD)

7. Finland (144.2 million USD)

8. Sweden (118.6 million USD)

9. South Korea (17.7 million USD)

10. Japan (16.9 million USD)

11. China (13.5 million USD)

12. Saudi Arabia (8.5 million USD)

Caustic Soda Imports By Country

In 2016, Australia (4.6M tonnes), and the U.S. (3.8M tonnes) represented the major importers of caustic soda in the globe, together recording near 26% of total imports. China (2.2M tonnes) ranks second globally in caustic soda imports with a 7% share, following Brazil (5%), and the Netherlands (5%). The following importers - Japan (1.5M tonnes), Saudi Arabia (1.2M tonnes), Belgium (1.2M tonnes), France (807K tonnes), South Korea (766K tonnes), Finland (764K tonnes), and Sweden (671K tonnes) together made up 21% of total imports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of caustic soda imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by the Netherlands (+8.3% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest caustic soda markets worldwide were Australia ($653M), Brazil ($331M) and the U.S. ($253M), with a combined 25% share of global imports.

Brazil (+5.5% per year) experienced the highest rates of growth with regard to the caustic soda imports, among the main importing countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Caustic Soda Import Prices By Country

The average caustic soda import price stood at $150 per tonne in 2016, growing by 2% against the previous year. In general, caustic soda import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2008, when it surged by 37% year-to-year. In that year, average caustic soda import price reached its maximum level of $193 per tonne. From 2009 to 2016, growth of average caustic soda import price stood at a somewhat lower level.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was France ($221 per tonne), while China ($6 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of caustic soda import prices was attained by Japan (+6.2% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 2815 - Sodium hydroxide (caustic soda)- potassium hydroxide (caustic potash) peroxides of sodium or potassium.

Source: World: Caustic Soda - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025