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.