Discover potential new overseas markets, map strategies for new business ventures or partnerships, see how trends in exports or imports may help you grow your business. The current edition of SPI's uniquely valuable report, Global Business Trends: A Detailed Survey of Plastic Trade Flows in 2007, explores the factors affecting U.S. exports, imports and trade balances, and includes detailed trade data from 1989 to 2007 on U.S. imports and exports by HTS code and data from 1997 to 2007 estimating the dollar value of plastics contained in a wide variety of products (organized by NAICS code) imported into and exported from the United States
Global Business Trends: A Detailed Survey of Plastic Trade Flows in 2007 also ranks the top export and import product categories for resins, manufactured goods, plastics working machinery and molds.
The report includes industry-wide and sector-by-sector data for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 on U.S. plastics industry exports and imports, the top surplus and deficit trading partners and the top product categories in each sector. It reports trade flows as a percentage of domestic shipments by industry sector for 2005, 2006 and 2007. Global Business Trends also contains a chapter on plastics consumption and market share, featuring analyses of apparent consumption of plastics resins, products, machinery and molds in the United States for 2005, 2006 and 2007, as well as import shares of those industry sectors over the same three-year period.
The special section on trade in contained plastics products uncovers "hidden" data on the plastics content of imported goods that are not reported as plastics products or resin in official U.S. government statistics, for example packaging for food and tobacco products, textile products, clothing, agricultural, building and construction goods, transportation and electronic products and many others, from 1997 to 2007.
The study also includes an examination of "true" vs. apparent consumption. The measure of domestic resin and plastics products consumption normally used, called "apparent consumption," undercounts "true" consumption (the amount of consumption that actually exists) and understates the rate of consumption growth. The higher growth rate of true consumption makes it clear that domestic resin and plastics products demand is still growing and that producers are losing share in their own domestic market.
Global Business Trends: A Detailed Survey of Plastic Trade Flows in 2007 includes Excel® spreadsheets covering:
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