Which Country Imports the Most Polycarbonates in the World?

Plastics And Synthetic Rubber In Primary Forms May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the amount of polycarbonate imported worldwide stood at 37M tonnes, going up by 4% against the previous year figure. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.3% over the period from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010, when import increased by 12% from the previous year level. Global polycarbonate import peaked in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the near future.

In value terms, polycarbonate imports stood at $49B in 2016. Overall, polycarbonate imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. Global polycarbonate import peaked of $59B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Polycarbonate Importing Countries in the World

1. China (7.6 billion USD)

2. Germany (3.4 billion USD)

3. USA (2.6 billion USD)

4. Italy (1.9 billion USD)

5. Japan (1.9 billion USD)

6. France (1.6 billion USD)

7. Belgium (1.4 billion USD)

8. India (1.2 billion USD)

9. South Korea (1.0 billion USD)

10. Netherlands (1.0 billion USD)

11. Spain (0.8 billion USD)

12. Thailand (0.8 billion USD)

Polycarbonate Imports By Country

The imports of the five major importers of polycarbonate, namely China, the U.S., South Korea, Germany, and the Netherlands, represented more than third of total import. Belgium (1.4M tonnes), Japan (1.3M tonnes), Thailand (1.3M tonnes), India (1.2M tonnes), Italy (1.2M tonnes), Spain (951K tonnes), and France (931K tonnes) took the slight share of total imports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of polycarbonate imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by India (+14.0% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, China ($7.6B) constitutes the largest market for imported polycarbonate worldwide, making up 15% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Germany ($3.4B), with the share of 7% of global imports. It was followed by the U.S., with the share of 5%.

In China, polycarbonate imports expanded at an average annual rate of +1.3% over the period from 2007-2016. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: Germany (-0.2% per year) and the U.S. (+0.3% per year).

Polycarbonate Import Prices By Country

The average polycarbonate import price stood at $1,343 per tonne in 2016, shrinking by -8.3% against the previous year. In general, polycarbonate import price continues to indicate a slight contraction. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2011, an increase of 18% year-to-year. In that year, average polycarbonate import price attained its maximum level of $1,845 per tonne. From 2012 to 2016, growth of average polycarbonate import price failed to regain its strength.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was China ($2,131 per tonne), while South Korea ($389 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of polycarbonate import prices was attained by South Korea (+1.6% 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 3907 - Polyacetals, other polyethers and epoxide resins, in primary forms; polycarbonates, alkyd resins, polyallyl esters and other polyesters, in primary forms.

Source: World: Polycarbonates (In Primary Forms) - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025