Ethylene dichloride the most exported PIC chemical in 2016



The report on actual exports and imports that took place under the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation in 2016 shows that ethylene dichloride was the most exported PIC chemical from the EU by volume. The most common use of ethylene dichloride is in the production of vinyl chloride, which is used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It is also used as an intermediate for other organic chemical compounds and as a solvent.

The annual report on the actual exports and imports that took place under the PIC Regulation in 2016 lists ethylene dichloride as the most exported chemical from the EU. Around 367 000 tonnes of the chemical were exported to countries including India, Morocco, Norway and Egypt.

The most imported chemical was benzene with more than 380 000 tonnes imported from countries like Turkey, Algeria, India and Russia to many central European countries. Benzene is used to make plastics, resins, synthetic fibres, rubber lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides.


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