Japan's ethylene exports decrease 16% in October

10 December 2012 16:23  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s exports of ethylene declined by 16% to 48,911 tonnes in October from the previous month, official data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed late on Monday.

This is a 12% decrease from the same period a year earlier, according to the METI.

The country’s ethylene-equivalent exports – which include ethylene contained in derivative products – was 157,900 tonnes in October, a 14% month-on-month decrease, and a 25% year-on-year decline, the same data showed.

Among the exported ethylene derivatives, exports of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) rose by 26% to 13,711 tonnes in October from September, but decreased by 5% from October 2011, based on the data.

Exports of foamed polystyrene (PS) stood at 1,191 tonnes, a 53% increase from the previous month, and a 14% decline from a year earlier, based on the statistics.

Japan’s ethylene-equivalent imports were 59,500 tonnes in October, up by 16% from September, and a 32% increase from October 2011, according to the ministry.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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