Plastic Item Exports by Country

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Global sales for plastic items exports by country totaled US$78.7 billion in 2018.

Overall, the value of plastic items exports rose by an average 11.4% for all exporting countries since 2014 when plastic items shipments were valued at $70.7 billion. Year over year, the value of exported plastic items appreciated by 7.5% from 2017 to 2018.

From a continental perspective, European countries sold the highest value worth of exported plastic articles via a 44.2% increase. Close behind was Asia at 41%, trailed by North American suppliers at 13.3%.

Smaller percentages came from Latin America (0.6%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Africa (also 0.6%) then Oceania (0.2%) led by Australia and New Zealand.

For research purposes, the 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 3926 for articles made from plastics.

Plastic Item Exports by Country

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of plastic items during 2018.

  1. China: US$19.5 billion (24.8% of exported plastic items)
  2. Germany: $9.9 billion (12.6%)
  3. United States: $7.2 billion (9.2%)
  4. Italy: $3.3 billion (4.2%)
  5. France: $3 billion (3.8%)
  6. Netherlands: $2.5 billion (3.2%)
  7. Poland: $2.3 billion (2.9%)
  8. Japan: $2.2 billion (2.8%)
  9. Mexico: $2 billion (2.5%)
  10. Czech Republic: $2 billion (2.5%)
  11. Taiwan: $1.8 billion (2.2%)
  12. Hong Kong: $1.7 billion (2.1%)
  13. South Korea: $1.6 billion (2.1%)
  14. United Kingdom: $1.6 billion (2%)
  15. Belgium: $1.5 billion (1.9%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 78.6% of global plastic items exports in 2018 by value.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing plastic items exporters since 2014 were: South Korea (up 47.8%), Netherlands (up 47.4%), Poland (up 40.6%) and Czech Republic (up 27.3%).

Two top countries that posted declines in their exported plastic items sales namely Taiwan (down -9.9%) and Hong Kong (down -8.2%).



 

Searchable List of Plastic Items Exporting Countries in 2018

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RankExporterPlastic Items Exports (US$)%World Total
1.China$19.5 billion24.8%
2.Germany$9.9 billion12.6%
3.United States$7.2 billion9.2%
4.Italy$3.3 billion4.2%
5.France$3 billion3.8%
6.Netherlands$2.5 billion3.2%
7.Poland$2.3 billion2.9%
8.Japan$2.2 billion2.8%
9.Mexico$2 billion2.5%
10.Czech Republic$2 billion2.5%
11.Taiwan$1.8 billion2.2%
12.Hong Kong$1.7 billion2.1%
13.South Korea$1.6 billion2.1%
14.United Kingdom$1.6 billion2%
15.Belgium$1.5 billion1.9%
16.Austria$1.4 billion1.8%
17.Canada$1.3 billion1.6%
18.Thailand$1.2 billion1.5%
19.Vietnam$990.5 million1.3%
20.Spain$982.5 million1.2%
21.Switzerland$901.2 million1.1%
22.Hungary$875 million1.1%
23.Singapore$774.8 million1%
24.Sweden$711.9 million0.9%
25.Slovakia$695.2 million0.9%
26.Malaysia$688.4 million0.9%
27.Denmark$627.2 million0.8%
28.India$587.3 million0.7%
29.Portugal$478.7 million0.6%
30.Romania$464.4 million0.6%
31.Israel$448.7 million0.6%
32.Turkey$415.5 million0.5%
33.Slovenia$356.2 million0.5%
34.Tunisia$233.4 million0.3%
35.Ireland$206.5 million0.3%
36.Finland$199.5 million0.3%
37.Lithuania$155.3 million0.2%
38.Philippines$143.3 million0.2%
39.Brazil$133.2 million0.2%
40.Indonesia$130.5 million0.2%
41.Dominican Republic$120.9 million0.2%
42.Australia$111.8 million0.1%
43.Russia$107.1 million0.1%
44.South Africa$101.9 million0.1%
45.Estonia$97.8 million0.1%
46.Bulgaria$89.9 million0.1%
47.Costa Rica$85.3 million0.1%
48.Egypt$82.4 million0.1%
49.Morocco$62.1 million0.1%
50.New Zealand$60.9 million0.1%
51.Luxembourg$55 million0.1%
52.Norway$54.9 million0.1%
53.Greece$49.2 million0.1%
54.Belarus$46.8 million0.1%
55.Croatia$45.3 million0.1%
56.Latvia$42.9 million0.1%
57.Serbia$40.8 million0.1%
58.Myanmar (Burma)$37.3 million0.05%
59.Jordan$36.6 million0.05%
60.Chile$34.4 million0.04%
61.United Arab Emirates$32.3 million0.04%
62.Nepal$30.6 million0.04%
63.Ukraine$30.4 million0.04%
64.Malta$29.3 million0.04%
65.Colombia$28.6 million0.04%
66.Argentina$20.5 million0.03%
67.Bosnia/Herzegovina$18.5 million0.02%
68.El Salvador$16.5 million0.02%
69.Guatemala$15.8 million0.02%
70.Sri Lanka$15.7 million0.02%
71.Cambodia$15.2 million0.02%
72.Panama$10.9 million0.01%
73.Honduras$10.5 million0.01%
74.Peru$9.7 million0.01%
75.Saudi Arabia$7.7 million0.01%
76.Bangladesh$7.3 million0.01%
77.Pakistan$7.2 million0.01%
78.Ecuador$5.8 million0.01%
79.Kazakhstan$4.7 million0.01%
80.Ghana$4.3 million0.01%
81.North Macedonia$4 million0.01%
82.Albania$3.9 million0.005%
83.Iceland$3.1 million0.004%
84.Ivory Coast$2.9 million0.004%
85.Lebanon$2.8 million0.004%
86.Kenya$2.4 million0.003%
87.Cyprus$2.3 million0.003%
88.Laos$2.2 million0.003%
89.Iran$2.2 million0.003%
90.Georgia$2.2 million0.003%
91.Venezuela$2 million0.003%
92.Zambia$2 million0.003%
93.Moldova$1.8 million0.002%
94.Lesotho$1.8 million0.002%
95.Macao$1.7 million0.002%
96.Paraguay$1.5 million0.002%
97.Uruguay$1.3 million0.002%
98.Kyrgyzstan$1.3 million0.002%
99.Trinidad/Tobago$1.3 million0.002%
100.Andorra$1.2 million0.002%
101.Mauritius$1.1 million0.001%
102.Syrian Arab Republic$1.1 million0.001%
103.Armenia$909,0000.001%
104.Barbados$844,0000.001%
105.North Korea$701,0000.001%
106.Belize$686,0000.001%
107.Ethiopia$642,0000.001%
108.Tanzania$628,0000.001%
109.Uzbekistan$626,0000.001%
110.Fiji$518,0000.001%
111.Faroe Islands$507,0000.001%
112.Uganda$483,0000.001%
113.Afghanistan$478,0000.001%
114.Turks/Caicos Islands$477,0000.001%
115.Eswatini$413,0000.001%
116.Cameroon$362,0000.0005%
117.Iraq$311,0000.0004%
118.Qatar$309,0000.0004%
119.Namibia$303,0000.0004%
120.Bolivia$295,0000.0004%
121.Nicaragua$275,0000.0003%
122.Curaçao$250,0000.0003%
123.Madagascar$250,0000.0003%
124.Bahrain$242,0000.0003%
125.Benin$237,0000.0003%
126.Azerbaijan$231,0000.0003%
127.Zimbabwe$219,0000.0003%
128.Dominica$197,0000.0003%
129.Gabon$168,0000.0002%
130.Mongolia$165,0000.0002%
131.Mozambique$163,0000.0002%
132.Jamaica$157,0000.0002%
133.Oman$139,0000.0002%
134.Kuwait$137,0000.0002%
135.Montenegro$130,0000.0002%
136.Malawi$129,0000.0002%
137.Papua New Guinea$129,0000.0002%
138.Togo$127,0000.0002%
139.Senegal$125,0000.0002%
140.Botswana$119,0000.0002%
141.Sierra Leone$111,0000.0001%
142.Rwanda$107,0000.0001%
143.Bahamas$98,0000.0001%
144.Niger$96,0000.0001%
145.New Caledonia$95,0000.0001%
146.Mali$86,0000.0001%
147.Bermuda$83,0000.0001%
148.Suriname$64,0000.0001%
149.Algeria$63,0000.0001%
150.Cocos (Keeling) Is$61,0000.0001%
151.Democr. Rep. Congo$57,0000.0001%
152.Guyana$55,0000.0001%
153.Norfolk Island$46,0000.0001%
154.Turkmenistan$45,0000.0001%
155.Brunei Darussalam$45,0000.0001%
156.Chad$44,0000.0001%
157.Niue$42,0000.0001%
158.Seychelles$42,0000.0001%
159.Guinea$39,0000.00005%
160.Anguilla$38,0000.00005%
161.US Minor Outlying Is$36,0000.00005%
162.British Virgin Islands$35,0000.00004%
163.Cayman Islands$35,0000.00004%
164.Aruba$34,0000.00004%
165.Angola$33,0000.00004%
166.Antigua/Barbuda$33,0000.00004%
167.Samoa$31,0000.00004%
168.French Polynesia$28,0000.00004%
169.Sudan$21,0000.00003%
170.Cuba$16,0000.00002%
171.Christmas Island$14,0000.00002%
172.Palau$14,0000.00002%
173.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$13,0000.00002%
174.Tuvalu$12,0000.00002%
175.Tokelau$11,0000.00001%
176.Nauru$11,0000.00001%
177.Timor-Leste$10,0000.00001%
178.St Vincent/Grenadines$10,0000.00001%
179.Somalia$9,0000.00001%
180.Burkina Faso$9,0000.00001%
181.Yemen$8,0000.00001%
182.Wallis/Futuna Islands$8,0000.00001%
183.Montserrat$8,0000.00001%
184.Liberia$8,0000.00001%
185.French S./Antarctic Terr$8,0000.00001%
186.Congo$8,0000.00001%
187.Kiribati$6,0000.00001%
188.Palestine$6,0000.00001%
189.Tonga$6,0000.00001%
190.Marshall Islands$6,0000.00001%
191.Saint Helena$5,0000.00001%
192.Tajikistan$5,0000.00001%
193.Greenland$5,0000.00001%
194.Haiti$5,0000.00001%
195.Maldives$5,0000.00001%
196.Vanuatu$5,0000.00001%
197.Bhutan$5,0000.00001%
198.Central African Rep$5,0000.00001%
199.Comoros$4,0000.00001%
200.Eritrea$4,0000.00001%
201.Gibraltar$4,0000.00001%
202.Saint Lucia$4,0000.00001%
203.Pitcairn$3,0000.000004%
204.St. Pierre/Miquelon$2,0000.000003%
205.Western Sahara$2,0000.000003%
206.Serbia/Montenegro$2,0000.000003%
207.Mauritania$2,0000.000003%
208.Equatorial Guinea$2,0000.000003%
209.Djibouti$2,0000.000003%
210.Burundi$2,0000.000003%
211.Solomon Islands$2,0000.000003%
212.Br. Indian Ocean Terr$1,0000.000001%
213.American Samoa$1,0000.000001%
214.St Maarten (Dutch)$1,0000.000001%
215.Grenada$1,0000.000001%
216.Saint Kitts/Nevis$1,0000.000001%
217.Sao Tome/Principe$1,0000.000001%
218.Micronesia$1,0000.000001%


See also Top Cork Exporting Countries, Sawn Wood Exports by Country and Top Stainless Steel Exporters by Country

Research Sources:
Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on May 22, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on May 22, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 22, 2019