The link between trade and poverty: The case of polymers
Ralitza Dobreva (2006)
This case study analyses the effects of trade barriers and market power on the pricing of polymers in South Africa, its impact through value chain linkages on the local plastics manufacturing industry and in turn on the final consumer. Polymers are the major material inputs into the production of semi-finished and finished plastic products. As intermediate goods, plastics then feed into a wide range of manufactures â€“ from packaging to household appliances to plastic furniture to baths and basins and many more. Undoubtedly, plastics are at the heart of manufacturing and their pricing influences the cost of production of numerous kinds of goods. South African per capita consumption of plastics from local converters amounts to 22 kg/annum. Thus, through the links in the plastics value chain, the pricing of polymers indirectly affects poor households as final consumers.