Attend PetroChem Wire's FREE Half-Day Seminar in Houston

You are warmly invited to “Now More Than Ever,” PetroChemWire's FREE seminar in Houston.

With more material all along the US petrochemical value chain now available to the world, experts from PCW – the provider of benchmark olefins and polymers prices for the CME and ICE – will discuss the volatile petrochemicals space, managing price risk, feedstock economics and the impact of new capacities.

You can also network at our cocktail reception following the presentations.

Where: Hearsay on the Green, 1515 Dallas St., Houston TX 77010

When: 2-5 p.m., March 20, 2018 (Cocktail reception 4-5 p.m.)

Speakers include:

Kathy Hall, CEO and Executive Editor, PCW

David Barry, Senior Editor, PCW

Robert Sharp, Senior Editor, PCW

Samantha Hartke, Product Manager, PCW

Trey Hamblett, VP of Chemicals Research, IIR Energy

US plastic scrap exports to China fell 28.6% in 2017 on import ban

HOUSTON, March 2, 2018 (PCW) -- US plastic scrap exports to China last year totaled 557,936 metric tons, down by 222,502 mt or 28.6% from 2016, the latest US Commerce Department data show.

The main reason for the drop was China's Operation Sword import ban on various scrap and rubbish.

China accounted for 33.5% of all US plastic scrap exports in 2017, down from 40% of the 2016 total.

Overall, US plastic scrap exports in 2017 totaled 1,667,506 mt, down by 276,478 mt or 14.2% from 2016.

These exports are categorized into PE, PS, PVC, PET and unsorted "other" plastic scrap. The largest volume of exports in 2017 was in the PE category, at 635,396 mt, followed by unsorted at 603,626 mt. -- Xavier A Cronin

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