Plastic Item Exports by Country

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Global sales from plastic items exports by country totaled US$72.7 billion in 2017.

Overall, the value of plastic items exports rose by an average 5.2% for all exporting countries since 2013 when plastic items shipments were valued at $69.1 billion. Year over year, the value of exported plastic items appreciated by 8.4% from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, European countries exported the highest value worth of plastic articles via a 43.1% increase. Close behind was Asia at 41.6%, trailed by North American suppliers at 13.8%.

Smaller percentages came from Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (0.7%), Africa (0.6%) then Oceania (0.2%).

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 2017:

  1. China: US$17.9 billion (24.7% of exported plastic items)
  2. Germany: $9 billion (12.4%)
  3. United States: $6.8 billion (9.3%)
  4. Italy: $3 billion (4.2%)
  5. France: $2.7 billion (3.7%)
  6. Netherlands: $2.3 billion (3.1%)
  7. Japan: $2 billion (2.8%)
  8. Mexico: $2 billion (2.7%)
  9. Taiwan: $1.8 billion (2.5%)
  10. Czech Republic: $1.7 billion (2.4%)
  11. Hong Kong: $1.7 billion (2.4%)
  12. Poland: $1.6 billion (2.3%)
  13. United Kingdom: $1.5 billion (2%)
  14. South Korea: $1.5 billion (2%)
  15. Belgium: $1.4 billion (2%)


 
The listed 15 countries shipped 78.4% of global plastic items exports in 2017 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing plastic items exporters since 2013 were: South Korea (up 44.1%), Mexico (up 34%), Netherlands (up 32.7%) and Czech Republic (up 29.9%).

Four countries posted declines in international sales of plastic items namely Hong Kong (down -11.7%), China (down -8.8%), Belgium (down -2.9%) and Taiwan (down -0.5%).
 

Searchable List of Plastic Items Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2017 Plastic Item Exports% World Total
1.ChinaUS$17.9 billion24.7%
2.Germany$9 billion12.4%
3.United States$6.8 billion9.3%
4.Italy$3 billion4.2%
5.France$2.7 billion3.7%
6.Netherlands$2.3 billion3.1%
7.Japan$2 billion2.8%
8.Mexico$1.96 billion2.7%
9.Taiwan$1.8 billion2.5%
10.Czech Republic$1.7 billion2.4%
11.Hong Kong$1.7 billion2.4%
12.Poland$1.6 billion2.3%
13.United Kingdom$1.5 billion2%
14.South Korea$1.5 billion2%
15.Belgium$1.4 billion1.96%
16.Austria$1.3 billion1.8%
17.Canada$1.2 billion1.7%
18.Thailand$1.2 billion1.7%
19.Spain$964.6 million1.3%
20.Vietnam$899.6 million1.2%
21.Switzerland$853.4 million1.2%
22.Hungary$823.4 million1.1%
23.Singapore$704.9 million1.0%
24.Sweden$690.4 million0.9%
25.Malaysia$633.0 million0.9%
26.Slovakia$624.3 million0.9%
27.Denmark$576.1 million0.8%
28.India$453.5 million0.6%
29.Portugal$424.8 million0.6%
30.Israel$422.5 million0.6%
31.Turkey$417.9 million0.6%
32.Romania$358.8 million0.5%
33.Slovenia$281.5 million0.4%
34.Tunisia$198.8 million0.3%
35.Ireland$189.5 million0.3%
36.Finland$172.1 million0.2%
37.Philippines$144.4 million0.2%
38.Brazil$140.1 million0.2%
39.Lithuania$139.0 million0.2%
40.Indonesia$119.8 million0.2%
41.Dominican Republic$119.6 million0.2%
42.Australia$110.8 million0.2%
43.Egypt$106.8 million0.1%
44.Russia$99 million0.1%
45.South Africa$95.4 million0.1%
46.Estonia$87 million0.1%
47.Bulgaria$75.4 million0.1%
48.Costa Rica$67.8 million0.1%
49.New Zealand$58.7 million0.1%
50.United Arab Emirates$56.9 million0.1%
51.Morocco$56.8 million0.1%
52.Norway$51.5 million0.1%
53.Jordan$43 million0.1%
54.Greece$41.3 million0.1%
55.Serbia$38.2 million0.1%
56.Latvia$37.3 million0.1%
57.Croatia$37.2 million0.1%
58.Sri Lanka$35.5 million0.05%
59.El Salvador$34.2 million0.05%
60.Malta$33.3 million0.05%
61.Chile$32.6 million0.04%
62.Belarus$31.8 million0.04%
63.Luxembourg$27.9 million0.04%
64.Oman$27.5 million0.04%
65.Colombia$26.3 million0.04%
66.Ukraine$26.1 million0.04%
67.Myanmar$24.4 million0.03%
68.Argentina$21.4 million0.03%
69.Saudi Arabia$19.8 million0.03%
70.Guatemala$14.9 million0.02%
71.Bosnia/Herzegovina$14.3 million0.02%
72.Cambodia$13.7 million0.02%
73.Panama$13.1 million0.02%
74.Honduras$11 million0.02%
75.Bangladesh$9.4 million0.01%
76.Peru$8.6 million0.01%
77.Pakistan$7.4 million0.01%
78.Macedonia$4.1 million0.01%
79.Georgia$3.9 million0.01%
80.Kenya$3.4 million0.005%
81.Kazakhstan$3.3 million0.005%
82.Belize$3.2 million0.004%
83.Ecuador$3 million0.004%
84.Venezuela$3 million0.004%
85.Kuwait$2.9 million0.004%
86.Lebanon$2.9 million0.004%
87.Iran$2.6 million0.004%
88.Albania$2.1 million0.003%
89.Macao$2.1 million0.003%
90.Zambia$2 million0.003%
91.Andorra$1.8 million0.003%
92.Moldova$1.8 million0.003%
93.Jamaica$1.6 million0.002%
94.Uruguay$1.5 million0.002%
95.Mauritius$1.4 million0.002%
96.Cyprus$1.3 million0.002%
97.Paraguay$1.2 million0.002%
98.Syria$1.2 million0.002%
99.Laos$1.1 million0.002%
100.Barbados$1.1 million0.001%
101.Iceland$971,0000.001%
102.Benin$860,0000.001%
103.Bahrain$811,0000.001%
104.Nicaragua$796,0000.001%
105.Uzbekistan$771,0000.001%
106.Trinidad/Tobago$737,0000.001%
107.Namibia$657,0000.001%
108.Uganda$609,0000.001%
109.Lesotho$563,0000.001%
110.Nepal$549,0000.001%
111.Cameroon$533,0000.001%
112.Swaziland$483,0000.001%
113.North Korea$476,0000.001%
114.Tajikistan$424,0000.001%
115.Armenia$423,0000.001%
116.Qatar$417,0000.001%
117.Curaçao$415,0000.001%
118.Sierra Leone$352,0000.0005%
119.Zimbabwe$334,0000.0005%
120.Ethiopia$317,0000.0004%
121.Samoa$289,0000.0004%
122.Fiji$261,0000.0004%
123.Kyrgyzstan$238,0000.0003%
124.Malawi$226,0000.0003%
125.Tanzania$207,0000.0003%
126.Madagascar$200,0000.0003%
127.Central African Rep$191,0000.0003%
128.Bahamas$176,0000.0002%
129.Faroe Islands$171,0000.0002%
130.Azerbaijan$162,0000.0002%
131.Liberia$146,0000.0002%
132.Saint Helena$132,0000.0002%
133.Palestine$127,0000.0002%
134.British Virgin Is$126,0000.0002%
135.Bolivia$114,0000.0002%
136.Iraq$103,0000.0001%
137.Antigua/Barbuda$95,0000.0001%
138.Gabon$93,0000.0001%
139.Anguilla$93,0000.0001%
140.Seychelles$89,0000.0001%
141.Senegal$87,0000.0001%
142.Mozambique$85,0000.0001%
143.Angola$84,0000.0001%
144.Algeria$79,0000.0001%
145.Botswana$75,0000.0001%
146.Pitcairn$72,0000.0001%
147.Togo$72,0000.0001%
148.Mongolia$71,0000.0001%
149.Côte d'Ivoire$70,0000.0001%
150.Cook Islands$70,0000.0001%
151.Saint Lucia$68,0000.0001%
152.Papua New Guinea$66,0000.0001%
153.Montenegro$66,0000.0001%
154.Brunei Darussalam$62,0000.0001%
155.St Vincent/Grenadines$62,0000.0001%
156.Tokelau$59,0000.0001%
157.Aruba$55,0000.0001%
158.New Caledonia$53,0000.0001%
159.Haiti$51,0000.0001%
160.US Minor Outlying Is$45,0000.0001%
161.Br. Indian Ocean Terr$43,0000.0001%
162.Niger$39,0000.0001%
163.Suriname$33,0000.00005%
164.Cocos (Keeling) Is$30,0000.00004%
165.Ghana$27,0000.00004%
166.Afghanistan$25,0000.00003%
167.Yemen$21,0000.00003%
168.French Polynesia$20,0000.00003%
169.Mali$20,0000.00003%
170.Cayman Islands$18,0000.00002%
171.Timor-Leste$18,0000.00002%
172.Sudan$17,0000.00002%
173.Dominica$15,0000.00002%
174.Bermuda$15,0000.00002%
175.Grenada$15,0000.00002%
176.Guinea$14,0000.00002%
177.Guyana$14,0000.00002%
178.Somalia$14,0000.00002%
179.Greenland$13,0000.00002%
180.St Maarten (Dutch)$12,0000.00002%
181.Montserrat$11,0000.00002%
182.Gambia$11,0000.00002%
183.Libya$10,0000.00001%
184.Burkina Faso$10,0000.00001%
185.Cabo Verde$9,0000.00001%
186.Cuba$9,0000.00001%
187.Congo$8,0000.00001%
188.Marshall Islands$8,0000.00001%
189.Sao Tome/Principe$7,0000.00001%
190.Tonga$7,0000.00001%
191.Democ. Rep. Congo$7,0000.00001%
192.Mauritania$7,0000.00001%
193.Maldives$5,0000.00001%
194.Nauru$5,0000.00001%
195.Gibraltar$5,0000.00001%
196.Chad$5,0000.00001%
197.French S,/Antarctic Terr$5,0000.00001%
198.Eritrea$5,0000.00001%
199.Niue$5,0000.00001%
200.Turkmenistan$4,0000.00001%
201.Turks and Caicos Islands$4,0000.00001%
202.Djibouti$4,0000.00001%
203.Christmas Island$4,0000.00001%
204.Northern Mariana Is$3,0000.000004%
205.Rwanda$3,0000.000004%
206.Micronesia$2,0000.000003%
207.Tuvalu$2,0000.000003%
208.American Samoa$2,0000.000003%
209.Solomon Islands$1,0000.000001%
210.Comoros$1,0000.000001%
211.Kiribati$1,0000.000001%
212.Vanuatu$1,0000.000001%
213.Saint Kitts/ Nevis$1,0000.000001%


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Research Sources:
Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on May 31, 2018