China's imports of most petrochemicals up in October

25 November 2011 09:44  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--China’s petrochemical imports increased for most products in October, with those of isopropanol (IPA), butyl acrylate (butyl-A) and mixed xylenes (MX) increasing significantly year on year, official data showed on Friday.

The country imported 101,992 tonnes of ethylene in October, a 36% year-on-year increase and a rise of 28% from September, China customs data showed.

China also imported 11,393 tonnes of butadiene (BD) in October, an increase of 50% year on year and 30% month on month, the data showed.

ICIS tracks China’s imports of 36 petrochemical products, 19 of which showed increased volumes year on year, while 17 products registered declines.

Toluene imports decreased to 32,818 tonnes, a decrease of 58% year on year, according to the data. The decline was mainly because several aromatics units in Asia were shut down for maintenance in October, an industry source said.

The import volume of naphtha was 213,980 tonnes in October, a decrease of 9% year on year but an increase of 24% month on month, according to data from the China Customs.

October 2011

Import

Export

Product

Import (tonnes)

y-o-y growth (%)

m-o-m growth (%)

Export (tonnes)

y-o-y growth (%)

m-o-m growth (%)

Naphtha

213,980

-9%

24%

30,436

-15%

-40%

Ethylene

101,992

36%

28%

3,546

-46%

-

Propylene

172,163

111%

20%

0

-100%

-100%

Butadiene

11,393

50%

30%

7,416

16%

-17%

HDPE

266,591

-13%

-15%

7,981

175%

-28%

LDPE

122,827

34%

-26%

4,861

-60%

-23%

LLDPE

210,272

-6%

-13%

3,258

107%

4%

PP

275,692

-10%

-12%

9,593

33%

-40%

PVC

109,644

-23%

-5%

14,026

-38%

-6%

EPS

6,704

6%

-9%

23,306

-33%

-3%

Benzene

3,941

-73%

-56%

2,868

-59%

-68%

Toluene

32,818

-58%

-32%

150

-2%

-96%

MX

30

900%

-46%

86

1620%

41%

PX

413,610

27%

-21%

29,174

98%

18%

SM

320,005

1%

0%

30

14900%

-99%

PTA

395,831

-19%

-23%

0

-

-

MEG

558,070

3%

-20%

235

-28%

-21%

CAN

43,853

12%

-14%

0

-

-

Caprolactam

48,666

-7%

-17%

0

-100%

-100%

Phenol

68,057

7%

1%

223

-90%

99%

Methanol

536,973

11%

41%

569

89%

-89%

Acetone

66,640

-6%

0%

55

-21%

-4%

BPA

51,658

26%

-16%

503

-39%

26%

IPA

13,763

130%

36%

15

-82%

-82%

MEK

2,500

19%

787%

4,238

31%

-4%

Base oil

128,096

-3%

7%

11,020

25%

-7%

MMA

8,821

25%

-37%

2,937

-59%

-21%

PMMA

14,416

-27%

-9%

547

-44%

-60%

GAA

4,114

-39%

-46%

3,713

-2%

6%

Butyl-A

3,526

113%

-51%

556

-85%

-70%

2EHA

1,976

28%

61%

164

-79%

-2%

2-EH

36,691

-7%

18%

222

-24%

10%

NBA

31,200

-33%

-10%

35

3%

-39%

PA

7,746

-59%

15%

60

9%

-78%

DOP

2,901

-76%

-12%

1,287

-11%

96%

Polysilicon

4,566

8%

-30%

77

-54%

-11%

Source: China Customs

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