Japan's naphtha imports fall 9.8% in December

25 January 2012 10:49  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s imports of naphtha for ethylene production fell 9.8% to 1.11m tonnes in December 2011 from the previous month, official data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed on Wednesday.

This amounted to $997.6m (€768.2m) in value, which is a 12% fall from $1.13bn in November, according to the data.

The average price of naphtha was $897.8/tonne in December, a 2.8% decrease from the previous month.

Meanwhile, Japan’s production of ethylene decreased 5.8% to 524,300 tonnes in December from November, according to the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA).

($1 = €0.77)

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By: Tomomi Yokomura
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