MOSCOW (MRC)--Total imports of polyethylene (PE) into Belarus increased to 57,600 tonnes in the first six months of this year, up 20.8% year on year, according to MRC DataScope.
According to the National Statistical Office of the Republic of Belarus, imports of PE into Belarus rose to 12,200 tonnes in June, from 9,600 tonnes in May, as a result of increased supply of Middle Eastern linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and Russian high density polyethylene (HDPE). Total imports of PE into the country increased to 57,600 tonnes in January-June 2016, compared with 47,700 tonnes in the same period of 2015.
The structure of PE imports into Belarus was as follows.
Imports of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and LLDPE increased to 7,700 tonnes in June, compared with 5,900 tonnes in May. Local companies almost doubled their purchases of Middle Eastern LLDPE. Total imports of LDPE and LLDPE into the country exceeded 36,900 tonnes in January-June 2016, compared with 30,100 tonnes in the same period of 2015.
Imports of HDPE into Belarus increased to 4,500 tonnes in June, compared with 3,700 tonnes in May. Local companies increased purchases of film and pipe PE in Russia. Imports of HDPE into the country totalled about 20,700 tonnes in January-June 2016, up by 17.7% year on year.
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