Mongolia imports MNT 150 billion worth glassware on average www.zgm.mn
According to the Customs General Administration, Mongolia is purchasing about MNT 150 billion worth glasswares. The import of glass and glassware is leading to a significant amount of currency outflow, causing a negative balance in trade and increasing USD rate.
More than half of the foreign exchange spent on the glass are retail purpose glasses, such as bottles and vases. In 2018, Mongolia purchased 118 million bottles, containers, and vases for a total of USD 33 million. In addition, the demand for glass and construction of glass has grown dramatically. A new trend of glass buildings in the world is also spreading in Mongolia. The country is spending about USD 12 million on raw materials for this type of construction.
In recent years, the demand for glass facade has increased exponentially and several domestic factories are manufacturing this kind of product. More than 10 companies, such as Shilen Khiits, Max Shil, and Shilmel Shil LLCs. However, the raw materials are being imported from abroad and processed in Mongolia.
Furthermore, the alcoholic beverage bottles purchased for USD 30 million are immediately dropped as a single disposable cup. Since we do not have a glass processing plant, our imports of glass are ultimately a domestic waste, which is harmful to the environment. Researchers say that Mongolia has a resource of sand which contains silicon. However, The availability of the raw material is low in terms of the basic requirements of flat glass production. Therefore, experts highlighted that the recycling of bottles and other glassware that are concentrated in the streets and garbage points is the best option.