Which Country Exports the Most Ethers in the World?

Basic Chemicals May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Which Country Exports the Most Ethers in the World?

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

Global ether imports totaled 23M tonnes in 2016, remaining constant against the previous year level. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.1% over the period from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations being observed over the period under review. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010, when import increased by 10% against the previous year level. Over the period under review, global ether imports attained its maximum volume of 23M tonnes in 2015, leveling off in the following year.

In value terms, ether imports amounted to $11B in 2016. In general, ether imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. Over the period under review, global ether imports reached its maximum level of $16B in 2013- however, from 2014 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Ether Importing Countries in the World

1. Japan (1,331.9 million USD)

2. China (1,145.1 million USD)

3. USA (806.7 million USD)

4. Netherlands (625.9 million USD)

5. Singapore (552.6 million USD)

6. Italy (490.5 million USD)

7. Belgium (450.7 million USD)

8. Mexico (429.4 million USD)

9. France (347.9 million USD)

10. Venezuela (258.3 million USD)

11. Saudi Arabia (38.8 million USD)

12. Qatar (4.8 million USD)

Ether Imports By Country

In 2016, Saudi Arabia (6.4M tonnes), distantly followed by the U.S. (3.3M tonnes), the Netherlands (1.6M tonnes), China (1.3M tonnes), and Japan (1.3M tonnes) were the key importers of ether, together committing 61% of total imports. Singapore (856K tonnes), Belgium (705K tonnes), Mexico (596K tonnes), Venezuela (596K tonnes), France (584K tonnes), Qatar (524K tonnes), and Italy (492K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of ether imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by Japan (+30.4% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest ether markets worldwide were Japan ($1.3B), China ($1.1B) and the U.S. ($807M), with a combined 31% share of global imports.

Japan (+14.8% per year) had the highest growth rate of ether imports, in terms of the main importing countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Ether Import Prices By Country

The average ether import price stood at $460 per tonne in 2016, declining by -13.0% against the previous year. Overall, ether import price continues to indicate a slight drop. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011, an increase of 24% year-to-year. Global ether import peaked of $706 per tonne in 2013- however, from 2014 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

There were significant differences in the average import prices amongst major importing countries. In 2016, the country with the highest import prices was Japan ($1,011 per tonne), while Saudi Arabia ($6 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of ether import prices was attained by Saudi Arabia (+8.0% per year), while the other global leaders experienced mixed trends in the import price figures.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 2909 - Ethers, ether-alcohols, ether-phenols, ether-alcohol-phenols, alcohol peroxides, ether peroxides, ketone peroxides (chemically defined or not)- halogenated, sulphonated, nitrated, nitrosated derivative.

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