Polymers of ethylene, in primary forms

3901 (Harmonized System 1992 for 4-digit)

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Overview This page contains the latest trade data of Ethylene Polymers. In 2021, Ethylene Polymers were the world's 29th most traded product, with a total trade of $99B. Between 2020 and 2021 the exports of Ethylene Polymers grew by 40%, from $70.8B to $99B. Trade in Ethylene Polymers represent 0.47% of total world trade.

Ethylene Polymers are a part of Plastics & articles thereof. They include Polyethylene (specific gravity < 0.94), Polyethylene (specific gravity > 0.94), Other polymers of ethylene, and Ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers.

Exports In 2021 the top exporters of Ethylene Polymers  were United States ($13.8B), Saudi Arabia ($12.5B), South Korea ($6.35B), Canada ($5.73B), and Singapore ($5.13B).

Imports In 2021 the top importers of Ethylene Polymers were China ($20.6B), United States ($6B), Germany ($4.58B), Belgium ($3.6B), and Italy ($3.59B).

Ranking Ethylene Polymers ranks 621st in the Product Complexity Index (PCI).

Description Polymers of ethylene are used in the production of plastic bags, toys, and plastic containers.

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* Using January 2020 exchange rates when trade data is reported in local currency.

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Historical Data

Exporters and Importers

Top Origin (2021)United States$13.8B
Top Destination (2021)China$20.6B

In 2021 Ethylene Polymers were the world's 29th most traded product (out of 1,217).

In 2021, the top exporters of Ethylene Polymers were United States ($13.8B), Saudi Arabia ($12.5B), South Korea ($6.35B), Canada ($5.73B), and Singapore ($5.13B).

In 2021, the top importers of Ethylene Polymers were China ($20.6B), United States ($6B), Germany ($4.58B), Belgium ($3.6B), and Italy ($3.59B).

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Exporters of Ethylene Polymers (2021)
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Importers of Ethylene Polymers (2021)
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Market Dynamics

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Top Origin Growth (2020 -  2021)Saudi Arabia$3.32B
Top Destination Growth (2020 -  2021)United States$2.44B

Between 2020 and 2021, the exports of Ethylene Polymers grew the fastest in Saudi Arabia ($3.32B), United States ($2.95B), South Korea ($2.29B), Canada ($2.13B), and Netherlands ($1.58B).

Between 2020 and 2021, the fastest growing importers of Ethylene Polymers were United States ($2.44B), China ($1.85B), Germany ($1.67B), Mexico ($1.53B), and Italy ($1.44B).

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Exporters of Ethylene Polymers (2020 - 2021)

Importers of Ethylene Polymers (2020 - 2021)

Market Concentration

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This chart shows the evolution of the market concentration of exports of Ethylene Polymers.

In 2021, market concentration measured using Shannon Entropy, was 4.71. This means that most of the exports of Ethylene Polymers are explained by 26 countries.

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Value of Exports in Ethylene Polymers

Net Trade

TOP NET EXPORTER (2021)Saudi Arabia$12B
TOP NET IMPORTER (2021)China$18.8B

This map shows which countries export or import more of Ethylene Polymers. Each country is colored based on the difference in exports and imports of Ethylene Polymers during 2021.

In 2021, the countries that had a largest trade value in exports than in imports of Ethylene Polymers were Saudi Arabia ($12B), United States ($7.81B), South Korea ($5.69B), Canada ($3.84B), and Singapore ($3.18B).

In 2021, the countries that had a largest trade value in imports than in exports of Ethylene Polymers were China ($18.8B), Vietnam ($3.13B), Turkey ($2.85B), Mexico ($2.71B), and Italy ($2.3B).

Net Trade (2021)

Disaggregation

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In 2021, the world most traded Ethylene Polymers, disaggragated by their HS6 level were Polyethylene (specific gravity > 0.94) ($33.2B), Polyethylene (specific gravity < 0.94) ($33.1B), Other polymers of ethylene ($26.1B), and Ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers ($6.6B)

HS6 Disaggregation for Ethylene Polymers (2021)
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Country Comparison

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This visualization shows the countries that have an important ratio of their trade related to Ethylene Polymers.
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Top 10 Exporters Countries of Ethylene Polymers by percentage of total exports

Product Complexity

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The Complexity-Relatedness diagram compares the risk and the strategic value of a product's potential export opportunities. Relatedness is predictive of the probability that a country increases its exports in a product. Complexity, is associated with higher levels of income, economic growth potential, lower income inequality, and lower emissions.

Relatedness vs Country Complexity (2021)

Country by Relatedness

The following visualization shows the relatedness of Ethylene Polymers to countries. Higher relatedness values ​​indicate greater knowledge, which predicts a greater probability of exporting that product in the future.

Relative Relatedness by Country (2021)

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