China ethylene, benzene imports rise in November

22 December 2011 10:55  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--China’s petrochemical import volumes in November rose for some products and decreased in others, according to customs data released on Thursday.

Ethylene imports in November rose to 121,674 tonnes, while benzene imports increased to 52,209 tonnes, according to the data.

“Most benzene traders ordered import contracts earlier in September and October, due to the lower international prices. Now the cargoes arrived largely in November, that is why the imports increased greatly in November,” said one industry source in the benzene market.

Naphtha imports were at 289,277 tonnes in November, down by 13% year on year but up by 35% month on month.

Butadiene (BD) imports in November rose by 45% year on year to 28,184 tonnes. 

Petrochemical products that showed a year-on-year decline in imports in November included polyvinyl chloride (PVC), styrene monomer (SM) and acrylonitrile (ACN).

2011-Nov

Import

Export

Product

Import (tonnes)

YoY growth (%)

MoM growth (%)

Export (tonnes)

YoY growth (%)

MoM growth (%)

Naphtha

289,277

-13%

35%

28,431

-52%

-7%

Ethylene

121,674

114%

19%

4

-100%

-100%

Propylene

199,576

26%

16%

0

-

-

Butadiene

28,184

45%

147%

2,987

-59%

-60%

HDPE

354,373

22%

33%

6,881

85%

-14%

LDPE

140,172

49%

14%

4,894

-37%

1%

LLDPE

219,128

-3%

4%

4,134

78%

27%

PP

360,772

-4%

31%

9,473

33%

-1%

PVC

117,755

-16%

7%

12,803

3%

-9%

EPS

6,460

5%

-4%

23,672

-38%

2%

Benzene

52,209

481%

1,225%

1

-100%

-100%

Toluene

68,158

-6%

108%

112

-32%

-25%

MX

21

-16%

-30%

58

-98%

-33%

PX

502,327

67%

21%

35,257

16%

21%

SM

308,965

-7%

-3%

0

-100%

-100%

PTA

497,114

21%

26%

25

-

-

MEG

678,764

40%

22%

333

18%

42%

ACN

33,514

-36%

-24%

0

-

-

Caprolactam

55,849

5%

15%

10

150%

-

Phenol

61,008

11%

-10%

99

-95%

-56%

Methanol

514,999

18%

-4%

543

460%

-5%

Acetone

71,937

-13%

8%

55

45%

0%

BPA

52,308

21%

1%

1,301

-29%

159%

IPA

10,197

24%

-26%

31

-68%

107%

MEK

1,451

-10%

-42%

13,509

588%

219%

Base oil

151,458

-4%

18%

22,031

57%

100%

MMA

14,801

43%

68%

3,472

-29%

18%

PMMA

18,545

-8%

29%

820

-31%

50%

GAA

3,218

-1%

-22%

2,773

6%

-25%

BA

4,658

157%

32%

118

-97%

-79%

2EHA

1,623

-30%

-18%

180

-51%

10%

2-EH

46,920

13%

28%

163

-30%

-27%

NBA

47,990

-20%

54%

120

-23%

243%

PA

11,484

-10%

48%

286

249%

377%

DOP

3,846

-19%

33%

655

-65%

-49%

Polysilicon

5,434

-12%

19%

67

-60%

-13%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: China Customs

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