PE imports into Ukraine increased by 38% in January - May

Published: 21 June 2016


(MRC) - Imports of polyethylene (PE) into Ukraine increased to 106,700 tonnes in the first five months of 2016, up 38% compared to the same period of 2015. The greatest increase in demand occurred for high density polyethylene (HDPE), according to MRC DataScope.

May PE imports into Ukraine reduced significantly, but still significantly exceeded actual consumption. May imports of polyethylene dropped to 19,200 tonnes compared to 24,800 tonnes in April, most of the reduction in supply accounted for HDPE. Total PE imports into the country grew to 106,700 tonnes in January - May 2016, compared with 77,300 tonnes year on year.

Structure of PE imports over the reported period was as follows.

May imports of HDPE into the country decreased to 8,700 tonnes, compared with 13,300 tonnes in April. Local companies reduced the volume of purchases of all HDPE grades. In general, HDPE imports into the country exceeded 52,000 tonnes in January - May of this year, compared with 33,300 tonnes in the same time a year earlier.

May imports of low density polyethylene (LDPE) into Ukraine decreased to 3,600 tonnes in May because of the limited export quotas from Russian and Belarusian producers compared with 5,000 tonnes in April. Total LDPE imports into Ukraine were 26,400 tonnes in the first five months of the year, up 9% year on year.

May imports of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) into the country were about 5,500 tonnes, which was close to the previous month level. In general, January - May LLDPE imports into Ukraine increased to 23,800 tonnes compared with 16,600 tonnes year on year.

Import other types of polyethylene, including EVA for the period under review amounted to slightly more than 4,400 tonnes against 3,200 a year earlier.
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