China’s imports of most petrochemical products down in March

24 April 2012 12:06  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China lowered its March 2012 imports of some petrochemical products, including naphtha, high density polyethylene (HDPE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and toluene, official data showed on Tuesday.

The country imported 283,951 tonnes of naphtha in March 2012, a 6% year-on-year decrease and a 17% drop from February, according to China Customs data.

China’s March imports of HDPE were at 306,388 tonnes, a decrease of 14% year on year and a fall of 19% month on month, the data showed.

The country imported 317,060 tonnes of polypropylene (PP) in March, a 7% year-on-year decrease, while its toluene imports in the same month dropped by 67% year on year to 30,015 tonnes, according to the data.

Imports of some petrochemicals increased year on year in March and the products include ethylene, propylene, butadiene, benzene, purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and caprolactam, the data showed.

2012-Mar

Import

Export

Product

Volume(tonnes)

YoY growth (%)

MoM growth (%)

Volume(tonnes)

YoY growth (%)

MoM growth (%)

Naphtha

283,951

-6%

-17%

-

-100%

-100%

Ethylene

102,679

30%

-11%

-

-100%

-12%

Propylene

161,890

22%

-1%

-

-

-

Butadiene

12,211

15%

16%

4,365

45%

194%

HDPE

306,388

-14%

-19%

15,735

-27%

40%

LDPE

121,262

-2%

-13%

10,427

49%

81%

LLDPE

198,493

-15%

-2%

16,044

243%

160%

PP

317,060

-7%

-11%

18,225

18%

71%

PVC

116,597

-11%

5%

47,406

32%

118%

EPS

6,746

-4%

25%

30,052

-16%

24%

Benzene

11,995

73%

-80%

7,156

-39%

389%

Toluene

30,015

-67%

-57%

366

58%

126%

PX

557,113

39%

23%

15,101

-61%

4%

SM

324,097

-6%

-6%

11,800

-31%

-

PTA

483,534

10%

1%

20

-100%

-

MEG

817,771

27%

23%

280

-5%

17%

ACN

47,074

-15%

-

-

-

-

Caprolactam

83,825

27%

-2%

2,024

288%

202300%

Phenol

81,440

11%

33%

147

-97%

-88%

Methanol

491,539

-8%

26%

557

93%

-96%

Acetone

73,480

-10%

-12%

142

-14%

173%

BPA

50,336

-5%

-8%

5

-

400%

IPA

6,384

-38%

-56%

77

-75%

5%

MEK

1,751

-28%

1960%

13,352

29%

64%

Base oil

211,466

-19%

18%

19,397

33%

16%

MMA

21,566

69%

-15%

4,246

-59%

27%

PMMA

22,402

2%

29%

1,498

-29%

12%

GAA

2,414

-75%

-35%

7,942

142%

98%

BA

5,773

34%

140%

3,100

-35%

161%

2EHA

746

-74%

-58%

254

-25%

-9%

2-EH

34,340

3%

-4%

1,118

1053%

816%

NBA

39,856

-22%

-24%

83

246%

315%

PA

6,831

-52%

-64%

1,191

2434%

439%

DOP

14,903

101%

-26%

951

-24%

110%

Polysilicon

7,657

29%

1%

104

-24%

-35%

Source: China Customs


By: Rachel Yang



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