PP imports to Belarus up by 10.8% in Jan-July year on year

Author: Sergey Karaichentsev

2019/09/19

MOSCOW (MRC)--Imports of polypropylene (PP) into Belarus increased to around 64,600 tonnes in the first seven months of 2019, up 10.8% year on year, according to a MRC’s DataScope report.

July PP imports into Belarus decreased to around 8,700 tonnes from 10,200 tonnes a month earlier.

Local companies reduced the volume of purchases of PP copolymers, whereas homopolymer PP purchases increased.

Overall imports of propylene polymers reached 64,600 tonnes in January-July 2019 compared to 58,300 tonnes a year earlier. Demand increased for all PP grades, with propylene copolymers accounting for the greatest rise.

The structure of PP imports by grades looked the following way over the stated period:

July imports of homopolymer PP to the Belarusian market increased to 6,700 tonnes from 5,800 tonnes a month earlier. Shipments of homopolymer PP from Russia increased.

Overall imports of homopolymer PP reached 43,000 tonnes in the first seven months of the year, up by 9.5% year on year.

Russian producers with a share of around 86% of the total shipments were the key suppliers.

July imports of propylene copolymers to Belarus were 2,100 tonnes versus 4,400 tonnes a month earlier, with local companies decreasing their procurement of injection moulding block copolymers of propylene in Russia.

Total imports of propylene copolymers in the country reached 21,600 tonnes in January-July, up 13.3% year on year.

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