Exporting PLASTICS provides member companies with reliable information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process – from strategy and planning to financing and logistics to market entry and expansion to advocacy and dispute resolution.

  • Market Opportunity Seminars/Webinars
  • Market Research
  • Customized Data Reports, Analyses and Forecasts
  • Market Entry Assistance
  • B2B Matchmaking

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) helps members explore business opportunities in foreign markets. Special programs, seminars and other educational opportunities designed for businesses seeking to start or expand their overseas operations are publicized in the bi-weekly newsletter, Inside Edge.

Trade Missions

To help companies develop their global business strategies, PLASTICS sponsors trade missions to overseas markets with strong prospects for U.S. plastics industry participants. Each trade mission is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the particular market, plant visits, and meetings with potential customers and business partners. In past years, PLASTICS has sponsored successful trade missions to Brazil, China, Mexico and other overseas markets.

PLASTICS' Trade Missions One-Pager

Please contact Michael Taylor with any questions regarding PLASTICS’ trade missions by email or at 202-974-5232.

Economic Statistics

PLASTICS’ statistical reports on the U.S. plastics industry include:

Size and Impact of the Plastics Industry on the U.S. Economy
Global Business Trends: A Detailed Survey of Plastic Trade Flows

Plastics' Contributions to the U.S. Economy

Plastics play an indispensable role in a wide variety of markets, ranging from packaging and building/construction to transportation, consumer and institutional products, furniture and furnishings, electronics and more.

A Few Facts on the Plastics Industry
  • The U.S. plastics industry employs more than 954,000 people
  • The U.S. plastics industry creates more than $418 billion in annual shipments
  • When suppliers to the plastics industry are considered, there are 1.7 million workers and total shipments grow to $584 billion
  • The U.S. plastics industry had a $7.1 billion trade surplus in 2015
  • The plastics industry has a presence in every state
  • From 1980 to 2014, productivity in plastics manufacturing has grown 2.3 percent per year, which is better than the 2.1 percent per year productivity growth for manufacturing as a whole
  • There are more than 16,800 plastics facilities in the U.S.
  • The plastics industry is the third largest manufacturing industry in the U.S