Polypropylene from China

Do you plan to import polypropylene from China (PP)? As we’ve seen in dozens of the same cases by now, we decided to write a warning about a very popular China import scam: the import of polypropylene from China Scam. The scheme is really simple, you order tons of polypropylene from an unverified Chinese company (found on Google or Alibaba), and you got bags of worthless sand or other useless product instead (after you paid thousands of dollars – an average order worth 28,000 USD). How it is possible? There are a few factors involved. We will try to explain it in this short blog post.

Polypropylene from China

First of all, what is Polypropylene? According to Wikipedia, “Polypropylene (PP), also known as polypropene, is a thermoplastic polymer used in a wide variety of applications including packaging and labeling, textiles (e.g., ropes, thermal underwear, and carpets), stationery, plastic parts and reusable containers of various types, laboratory equipment, loudspeakers, automotive components, and polymer banknotes.”
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China is the 15th largest exporter of Polypropylene in the world. The main destinations of Polypropylene exports from China are Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Demand for PP is massive worldwide. It comes as no surprise that there are many scammed importers starting from the US across Europe and even from Oceania. According to Ceresana, worldwide revenues from PP amounted to more than US$145 billion. Many companies want to import polypropylene from China and make a profit selling it domestically.

So are we suggesting to do not buying it (or any other goods) from China? Of course not. Just be careful, do your due diligence, get your China Credit Report and sign a contract (prepared by your lawyers with China Law experience).

Chinese scams are very complex, do not never underestimate them.