EU exported more than 700 000 tonnes of PIC chemicals in 2018


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The latest annual report on exports and imports under PIC lists benzene as the EU’s most exported and imported chemical in 2018, with approximately 228 000 tonnes exported and 445 000 tonnes imported.

The amount of benzene being exported has increased by more than 80 000 tonnes compared to the 2017 figures. Benzene is predominantly used to make plastics, resins, synthetic fibres, rubber lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides.

The quantity of the next most exported PIC chemical, ethylene dichloride decreased significantly by more than 200 000 tonnes, with the numbers for the third most exported chemical, chlorate, remaining steady compared to exports in 2017.

Overall, the total amount of exported PIC chemicals has dropped significantly by around 120 000 tonnes compared to 2017 figures, from approximately 829 000 tonnes in 2017 to less than 708 000 tonnes in 2018.

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