China Doubles Exports Of Sanitary Towel, Tampons and Diaper To US$ 2.3 Billion

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IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘China – Sanitary Towels, Tampons, Napkins And Napkin Liners For Babies – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends And Insights’.

Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

China’s Exports of Sanitary Towels and Napkins
From 2013 to 2020, China doubled exports of sanitary towels, tampons, napkins and diapers to US$ 2.3 billion. In physical terms, supplies from China rose from 325,000 tonnes to 726,000 tonnes during that period (IndexBox estimates). In 2020, the US (148,000 tonnes), the Philippines (90,000 tonnes) and Australia (44,000 tonnes) were the main destinations of exports of sanitary towels, tampons, napkins and diapers for babies from China, with a combined 39% share of total supplies.

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These countries were followed by South Korea, Vietnam, Russia, Japan, Hong Kong SAR, Venezuela, Chile, South Africa, Taiwan (Chinese) and Myanmar, which together accounted for a further 26%.

In value terms, the US (US$ 377 million), the Philippines (US$ 227 million) and Australia (US$ 123 million) appeared to be the largest markets for sanitary towels, tampons, napkins and diapers exported from China worldwide, with a combined 32% share of total supplies. These countries were followed by Vietnam, South Korea, Russia, Venezuela, Hong Kong SAR, Chile, Japan, Myanmar, South Africa and Taiwan (Chinese), which together accounted for a further 30%.

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In 2020, Venezuela (+67.3% per year) saw the highest growth rate of the value of exports, while shipments for the other leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In 2020, the average export price for sanitary towels, tampons, napkins and diapers for babies amounted to US$ 3,122 per tonne, remaining relatively unchanged against the previous year. There were significant differences in the average prices for the major overseas markets. In 2020, the country with the highest price was Venezuela (US$ 5,012 per tonne), while the average price for exports to the Philippines (US$ 2,529 per tonne) was amongst the lowest. In 2020, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was recorded for supplies to Venezuela, while the prices for the other major destinations experienced a decline.

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