China’s naphtha, IPA imports rise; 2-EH intake falls for October

25 November 2013 08:03  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China imported significantly higher amounts of naphtha and isopropanol (IPA) volumes in October this year compared with the corresponding period a year ago, official data from the country’s customs showed on Monday.

Year on year, naphtha imports doubled to around 377,983 tonnes in October, but fell by 9% month on month, the China Customs data showed.

IPA imports for October were almost threefold higher from a year earlier at 8,015 tonnes, but declined by 10% from the previous month, according to the data.

Only alkylbenzene imports showed a positive increase in October with a 169% year-on-year and 56% month-on-month rise to 2,874 tonnes.

However, 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) imports to China dropped by 66% year on year to 12,777 tonnes in October, while n-butyl (NBA) volumes dropped by 57% in the same period to 17,757 tonnes, the data showed.

The country also imported fewer phthalic anhydride (PA) cargoes at 4,470 tonnes in October, a 54% drop compared with the same period last year, the data stated.

China’s petrochemical imports and exports in October 2013

2013-Oct

Import

Export

Product

Import (tonnes)

YoY growth (%)

MoM growth (%)

Export (tonnes)

YoY growth (%)

MoM growth (%)

Naphtha

377,983

68%

-9%

20,769

-

131%

Ethylene

132,569

-1%

-25%

1

-2%

-

Propylene

195,791

-26%

-16%

0

-

-

Butadiene

22,929

-41%

-19%

0

-

-100%

HDPE

358,379

14%

-14%

9,992

21%

57%

LDPE

118,582

-19%

-17%

3,798

-24%

11%

LLDPE

184,983

2%

-27%

3,123

-36%

-2%

PP

438,582

3%

-3%

16,984

38%

2%

PVC

76,014

-14%

-2%

42,118

-9%

33%

EPS

5,801

32%

-7%

21,978

33%

-19%

Benzene

112,432

47%

-12%

4,128

-53%

-30%

Toluene

45,093

7%

-45%

102

118%

197%

PX

670,440

31%

-15%

4,887

-91%

-67%

SM

275,280

48%

3%

0

-100%

-100%

PTA

157,106

-32%

-3%

6,204

-

-73%

MEG

689,673

10%

-14%

300

110%

39%

ACN

39,193

-33%

2%

0

-

-

Caprolactam

41,630

-16%

-1%

5

-38%

400%

Phenol

21,662

-47%

-15%

191

-73%

-65%

Methanol

295,133

-38%

-5%

61,094

42393%

169%

Acetone

35,793

-5%

-2%

42

-43%

94%

BPA

47,685

5%

-17%

4

33%

33%

IPA

8,015

170%

-10%

1,200

585%

-40%

MEK

250

40%

45%

3,753

-63%

3%

Base oil

197,170

31%

-8%

1,137

-9%

-15%

MMA

16,959

-27%

-26%

3,780

-1%

-11%

PMMA

17,283

-12%

-31%

1,192

-45%

30%

GAA

2,754

-14%

-77%

4,240

-1%

-11%

butyl-A

2,380

-43%

-28%

3,012

227%

-41%

2EHA

3,366

59%

-21%

69

-92%

-53%

2-EH

12,777

-66%

-57%

310

-9%

-35%

NBA

17,757

-57%

-49%

31

2002%

-24%

PA

4,470

-54%

-9%

8

-37%

-94%

DOP

9,611

29%

-55%

596

106%

74%

Polysilicon

5,328

-7%

-29%

284

195%

6%

alkylbenzene

2,874

169%

56%

9,304

182%

24%

anionic surfactants

4,071

-18%

-12%

11,647

9%

-2%

Butyl glycol ether

7,233

-47%

-47%

116

50%

274%

MIBK

3,655

25%

-31%

0

-100%

-

Source: China Customs


By: Viola Pan
+65 6780 4359



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