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Platts US Recycled PET Assessments

  • What are US Recycled PET price assessments?
  • How we assess US Recycled PET prices
  • Platts US Recycled PET Weekly Commentary
  • Platts US Recycled PET Daily Rationale

What are US Recycled PET price assessments?

Platts recycled polyethylene terephthalate assessments cover the following markets in the Midwest and West Coast regions of the United States:

• Post-consumer PET bottle bales: FOB LA Premium-grade

• Post-consumer PET bottle bales: FOB LA Curbside

• Post-consumer PET bottle bales: FOB Chicago Curbside

The above markets are assessed on a daily basis in cents/lb for spot material loading 0-7 days forward from the day of publication.

The daily assessments are also converted to $/mt.

Platts assessments are based on market information, including, but not limited to, firm bids and offers, and trades reported to the editor up to the close of business (4:00 pm Central Standard Time).

How we assess US Recycled PET prices

Platts assessments are based on market information, including, but not limited to, firm bids and offers, and trades reported to the editor up to the close of business (4:00 PM CST).

All the information used to inform the assessment is published transparently on S&P Global Platts platforms as "heards". An assessment rationale is published explaining what the assessments are and how they have been reached.

A weekly market commentary accompanies the price assessments and rationale, which highlights the most important trends that have affected the markets that week and provides insight into what the market expects over the coming weeks.

Platts US Recycled PET Weekly Commentary

  • Both domestic and import PET see slight gains on week
  • PET imports down 13% in May; Mexican imports remain strong


Both the domestic and import polyethylene terephthalate markets saw slight weekly gains July 8 amid higher feedstocks but despite weaker global pricing.


The US domestic PET contract price was seen up $11/mt on the week at $970/mt-$992/mt (44-45 cents/lb-44.5), on higher feedstock prices in formula-based pricing. The July monoethylene glycol contract settled at 23.05 cents/lb—up 86 points from the June settlement. The June upstream purified terephthalic acid contract settled at 36.62 cents/lb.

In the import market, spot prices were assessed up $22/mt, or o1 cent/lb, on the week at $959/mt-$981/mt (43.5-44.5 cents/lb), based on a pricing indication received at 44-45 cents/lb and market talk of recovering demand levels as well as higher upstream pricing.

"Prices are moving up, but buyers are cautious and pushing back on increases," said one market source.

Contract prices, on the other hand, were talked in the 36-38 cents/lb range, however, S&P Global Platts does not consider contract deals for the assessment.

In Asia, bottle-grade PET saw reverse trends, with both the FOB NE and SE marker falling $20/mt on the week at $675/mt and $660/mt, respectively. The downtick in pricing came on the back of weak demand, especially in the European and South American import markets amid travel restrictions and a decrease in outdoor activities.

In the US, YTD PET imports are down 12.5% compared to 2019, reflecting lower demand amid the pandemic shutdowns and cancellation of major events that normally drive up demand in the summer months. However, flows from Mexico, the biggest PET importer to the US, were up slightly.

Additionally, data released by the US International Trade Commission showed a large drop in import levels from April to May that is consistent with a delayed response to the reduced demand seen in months prior amid pandemic shutdowns. After seeing some strength in the month of April, US imports fell nearly 13.4% month-on-month in May to approximately 230,000 metric tons.

Platts US Recycled PET Daily Rationale

Spot prices for both premium-grade and curbside post-consumer PET bottle bales in Los Angeles were unchanged on the day July 10 at 9 cents/lb and 3.25 cents/lb, respectively, based on the last indications of value received at those levels.


In the Chicago market, post-consumer PET bales sourced from curbside collection were also assessed flat at 7 cents/lb, based ona market indications.

Recycled PET clear flakes in Los Angeles were assessed at 34 cents/lb, unchanged from July 9. The assessment was based on the most recent market indications.

This rationale applies to symbols <APCLA00> <APCLB00> <APCCH00>


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