Share of plastic waste exports

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Share of plastic waste exports
Share of plastic waste exports encompassing all transport methods from total global. These are calculated by determining the proportion of plastic waste exports from the total plastic waste exports worldwide.
United Nations Comtrade Database (2023) – with minor processing by Our World in Data
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October 9, 2023
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The United Nations Comtrade database aggregates detailed global annual and monthly trade statistics by product and trading partner for use by governments, academia, research institutes, and enterprises. Data compiled by the United Nations Statistics.

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The conversion factors used in Comtrade are domestic currency per US Dollar (period average) from IMF.

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United Nations Comtrade Database (2023)

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