Ukrainian January-August PE imports down 6% year on year

Author: Sergey Karaichentsev

2021/09/15

MOSCOW (MRC)--Polyethylene (PE) imports to the Ukrainian market totalled 171,100 tonnes in the first eight months of 2021, down by 6% year on year.

Imports of all PE grades decreased, according to MRC’s DataScope report.

August’s PE imports to Ukraine grew to 25,900 tonnes from 23,400 tonnes in July, with local companies increased their purchasing of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE).

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

August’s high-density polyethylene (HDPE) imports remained at July levels, totalling around 8,000 tonnes. Overall HDPE imports were 55,400 tonnes in the first eight months of 2021 versus 66,600 tonnes a year earlier.

August LDPE imports were 8,300 tonnes versus 7,300 tonnes a month earlier, with Ukrainian companies raising their purchases in Azerbaijan. Overall LDPE imports reached 52,300 tonnes in January-August 2021, down by 4% year on year.

Last month’s LLDPE imports reached 7,300 tonnes compared to 6,400 tonnes in July, with shipments of film grade LLDPE from the US increasing. However, overall LLDPE imports were 50,800 tonnes in January-August 2021, down by 2% year on year.

Imports of other PE grades, including ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA), totalled 12,600 tonnes over the eight-month period, compared to 9,300 tonnes a year earlier.

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