Please note this report just focuses on the waste polymers of ethylene commodity code (391510), as exports of other plastics are relatively small in volume
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Exports of scrap polymers of ethylene from the UK worldwide fell in March to 24,767 tonnes compared to 27,407 tonnes in February. However, it is an even bigger drop on 41,967 tonnes exported in March 2017.
Malaysia was the key buyer in March with 6,033 tonnes bought, down from 8,942 tonnes a month earlier. This was better than a year ago though when just 2,720 tonnes was purchased by Malaysia.
Europe as a whole was the next best buyer with 5,428 tonnes, down from 6,366 tonnes in February. Poland was the best destination with 2,605 tonnes, followed by Netherlands with 1,483 tonnes.
Vietnam purchased 4,026 tonnes of UK material in March, up from 2,091 tonnes in February and an also weak 2,208 tonnes in January. This is the sort of total in March that was seen in the second half of 2017.
Exports to Indonesia were largely stable in March with 2,550 tonnes, up a touch on February’s 2,159 tonnes.
PE key destinations (391510)