U.S. Exports of Plastics Molds Increased 16.4% in 2012

April 15, 2013

U.S. plastic molds outperformed all other segments of plastics industry exports with a 16.4% increase in 2012.  This increase is notable due to the fact that plastic molds experienced a 2.3% decrease in 2011.  Since 2008, the plastics molds segment has only experienced a 4.6% increase in exports. 

2012’s increased amount of exports can be attributed to a number of the top 10 import countries of U.S. plastics molds: Egypt, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Greece, St. Kitts-Nevis, Venezuela, Portugal, Trinidad & Tobago and Guatemala.  Seven of these top ten countries averaged a 235% annual during the last five years and in 2012 averaged a 480% increase.  Egypt for instance has averaged a 331% annual increase during this same time frame, but in 2012 it experienced a 1047% jump in imports.

Plastic products and plastics machinery experienced a 3.6% and 3.7% increase in exports respectively while plastic resins experienced a 2.8% decrease in exports.  The U.S. plastics trade balance shrunk 8.6% but remains valued at $14.9 billion.

U.S. Plastics Trade Balance

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