PE imports into Ukraine increased by 28% in January-October 2016

Published: 30 November 2016


(MRC) - Imports of polyethylene (PE) into Ukraine increased to 216,400 tonnes in the first ten months of 2016, up 28% compared to the same period of 2015. The greatest increase in demand accounted for high density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), according to MRC DataScope.

October PE imports into the country increased to 22,200 tonnes, compared with 20,700 tonnes in September because of stronger supply of low density polyethylene (LDPE). Total PE imports into the country grew to 216,400 tonnes in January - October 2016, compared with 169,700 tonnes year on year.

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

October imports of HDPE into the country decreased to 9,600 tonnes, compared with 9,900 tonnes in September. Local producers of films decreased their procurement volumes. Overall HDPE imports reached 100,600 tonnes in the first ten months of the year, compared to 73,600 tonnes a year earlier.

October imports of LDPE into Ukraine increased to 6,200 tonnes against 5,000 tonnes in September. Russian producers increased export quotas, which helped to increase the volume of purchases. Total LDPE imports into Ukraine exceeded 56,200 tonnes in the first ten months of the year, up by 9% year on year.

October imports of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) into the country were about 4,800 tonnes, which was close to the previous month level. In general, January - October LLDPE imports into Ukraine increased to 47,700 tonnes compared with 36,100 tonnes year on year. The main growth in demand provided producers of film products and overall products produced by rotational moulding.

Imports of other grades of polyethylene, including EVA for the period under review were 11,800 tonnes against 8,200 tonnes a year earlier.

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