Glass Imports Exceed Exports in 2003

In 2003 imports of glass exceeded exports for the first time, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce. One reason for this could be due to a "diminishing" customer base for U.S. exports, particularly in Asia. According to a report from AAMA's Glass Material Council, China has become the main glass supplier in Asia since it is closer than the United States.

Chinese glass products being imported directly into the United States is also a concern for industries that include mirror, furniture and auto glass replacements. According to AAMA, some Chinese window glass is also being used primarily on the West Coast. AAMA explained that the concern surrounding Chinese imports into the United States might be more serious than the figures are showing. "This is because when completed furniture that includes mirrors and glass shelves is imported from China, that content is not broken out and reported," said AAMA.

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