Plastics in Primary Forms Market

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Plastics in Primary Forms - World's Largest Markets

RatingCountry
1China
2United States
3India
4Japan
5Germany

In value terms, China led the market, alone. The second position in the ranking was occupied by the United States. It was followed by India.

From 2018 to 2020, the average annual growth rate of value in China totaled -1.2%. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: the United States (-3.2% per year) and India (+1.9% per year).

Plastics in Primary Forms Prices

Lowest Prices - FOB - Top Exporters

COUNTRY201820192020CAGR,
2018-2020
USD per ton
Saudi Arabia12321086928-13.2%
Malaysia139312381007-15.0%
United Arab Emirates136111171018-13.5%
Thailand156114371212-11.9%
Singapore159913721346-8.3%
South Korea174415401381-11.0%
France207018371570-12.9%
Belgium190117391584-8.7%
United States217419291716-11.2%
Netherlands190717671729-4.8%
China213619601863-6.6%
Germany241122371968-9.7%
Japan313629022748-6.4%
Average182016441479-9.8%

There were significant differences in the average prices amongst the major exporting countries. In 2020, the country with the highest price was Japan ($2,748 per ton), while Saudi Arabia ($928 per ton) was amongst the lowest.

From 2018 to 2020, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by the Netherlands, while the other global leaders experienced a decline in the export price figures.

Highest Prices - CIF - Top Importers

COUNTRY201820192020CAGR,
2018-2020
USD per ton
United States237522272081-6.4%
Mexico217620091842-8.0%
Germany202118411771-6.4%
United Kingdom192218261684-6.4%
France183117401627-5.7%
Belgium192517591610-8.5%
Vietnam163315741491-4.4%
Poland174416001486-7.7%
Italy176415961465-8.9%
China175515071418-10.1%
India156014201381-5.9%
Indonesia162814481303-10.5%
Turkey156713951217-11.9%
Average180516381524-8.1%

There were significant differences in the average prices amongst the major importing countries. In 2020, the country with the highest price was the United States ($2,081 per ton), while Turkey ($1,217 per ton) was amongst the lowest.

From 2018 to 2020, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by Vietnam, while the other global leaders experienced a decline in the import price figures.

Plastics in Primary Forms - Top Importers

COUNTRY201820192020CAGR,
2018-2020
billion USD
China504646-4.2%
Germany211816-13.8%
United States151411-13.7%
Italy131210-11.1%
Turkey9.48.58.4-5.9%

In value terms, China ($45.6B) constitutes the largest market for imported plastics in primary formses worldwide, comprising 18% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Germany ($15.6B), with a 6% share of global imports. It was followed by the United States, with a 4.2% share.

In China, plastics in primary forms imports plunged by an average annual rate of -4.2% over the period from 2018-2020. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: Germany (-13.8% per year) and the United States (-13.7% per year).

Plastics in Primary Forms - Top Exporters

COUNTRY201820192020CAGR,
2018-2020
billion USD
United States333229-7.1%
Germany302721-17.3%
South Korea232119-7.8%
Belgium13121714.4%
Saudi Arabia181715-10.8%

In value terms, the largest plastics in primary forms supplying countries worldwide were the United States ($28.5B), Germany ($20.7B) and South Korea ($19.4B), together accounting for 29% of global exports. Belgium, Saudi Arabia, China, the Netherlands, Japan, Singapore, France, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 44%.

In terms of the main exporting countries, Belgium recorded the highest rates of growth with regard to the value of exports, over the period under review, while shipments for the other global leaders experienced a decline in the exports figures.

Plastics in Primary Forms - Market Forecast

Driven by rising demand for plastics in primary forms worldwide, the market is expected to start an upward consumption trend over the next decade. The performance of the market is forecast to increase slightly, with an anticipated CAGR of for the period from 2020 to 2030, which is projected to bring the market volume to by the end of 2030.

Plastics in Primary Forms - Product Coverage

  • HS 3901 - Polymers of ethylene, in primary forms
  • HS 99 - Commodities not specified according to kind
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