International trade

International trade in films1 and plastics packaging2 2020/2021 (in € million)

Imports Exports
2020 2021 Change in % 2020/2021 2020 2021 Change in % 2020/2021
Films
LDPE 493 654 32,7 810 974 20,2
HDPE 103 131 27,2 401 477 19,0
Ethylene copolymers / others 211 269 27,5 607 767 26,4
PP 623 751 20,5 930 1.150 23,7
PS 131 153 16,8 304 375 23,4
PET + polyester 394 419 6,3 623 725 16,4
Regen. cellulose3 7 11 57,1 4 3 -25,0
Cellulose acetate 6 7 16,7 11 14 27,3
PA 42 47 11,9 81 100 23,5
PC 133 126 -5,3 108 127 17,6
Packaging
Cups, containers, buckets, cases 670 782 16,7 993 1.154 16,2
Bags, pouches, sacks etc. made from:
   PE 630 718 14,0 865 939 8,6
   PVC 16 12 -25,0 12 10 -16,7
   Other plastics 214 268 25,2 221 256 15,8
Bottles
   < 2l 484 502 3,7 498 538 8,0
   > 2l 87 104 19,5 167 240 43,7
Closures 552 607 10,0 912 1.041 14,1
Other transport packages 537 626 16,6 572 642 12,2
Total 5.333 6.187 16,0 8.119 9.532 17,4

1) Films, boards, sheets 2) Excerpts
3) Preliminary values. The Federal Statistical Office assumes an incorrectly reported commodity code.
Source: Destatis; Last updated: March 2022