Chinese port congestion interrupts global plastic supply chain

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Operations at a terminal at Ningbo Zhoushan, China’s second-largest container port, have been suspended after a worker tested positive for Covid-19, worsening the port congestion along China’s east coast and ultimately disrupting the global plastic supply chain. The Ningbo Zhoushan suspension will impact Chinese polyethylene imports of HDPE resin and exports of plastic end products (finished goods) to the international market. What will be the impact of this disruption to Chinese markets and international markets?

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Background
  • Ningbo Zhoushan is China’s second largest port by containers handled and the largest by total volume handled
  • Port suspension will impact HDPE resin imports, but likely to be offset by ramping domestic capacities and other East China ports
  • The impact on plastic end product exports is the major issue
  • Chinese trade partners repatriating the converting operations due to supply chain issues
  • Major Conclusions

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  • Ningbo Zhoushan port polyethylene imports consist of more HDPE than other grades
  • Production of Chinese plastic end products increased by 18.2% in H1 2021, stable from April
  • Chinese major export partners of film, profile and pipe
  • US downstream operation rate has picked up since April

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