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Volume of global plastic waste import by select country 2016-2018

Import volume of plastic waste worldwide from 2016 to 2018, by select country (in 1,000 metric tons per month)*

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Release date

April 2019



Survey time period

January and November 2018

Supplementary notes

* Figures are based on world's top 21 exporting countries and regions.

Not all values for each country are available. Below we provide the more detailed timeline for the data, if available:
Malaysia: 20,000 tons per month - beginning of 2017; 35,000 tons per month - August 2018.
Taiwan: 10,000 tons per month - mid-2017.
Thailand: 75,000 tons per month - early 2018; below 10,000 tons per month - July 2018.
Vietnam: 100,000 tons per month - mid-2017; 7,500 tons per month - mid-2018.
Indonesia: 10,000 tons per month - late-2017.
South Korea: 5,000 tons per month - late-2017.
Turkey: 4,000 tons per month - early-2016.

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