MOSCOW (MRC)--Imports of polypropylene (PP) into Belarus increased to about 54,200 tonnes in the first seven months of this year, up 3.2% year on year, with demand for all PP grades increasing, according to MRC DataScope data on Wednesday.
Total PP imports into the country reached 54,200 tonnes in January - July, compared with 52,500 tonnes year on year. Demand for all PP grades increased, but propylene copolymer accounted for the greatest growth
In terms of July alone, PP imports into Belarus decreased from 8,500 tonnes in June to 7,700 tonnes, as local companies cut their purchasing of propylene copolymers in Russia..
In July, imports of homopolymer PP to the Belarusian market rose to 6,000 tonnes, up from 5,500 tonnes a month earlier, as shipments of injection moulding homopolymer PP increased.
Total imports of homopolymer PP into Belarus were 37,200 tonnes in the first seven months of this year, compared with 36,100 tonnes in the same period last year. The key suppliers of homopolymer PP were Russian producers, with 87% of the total supply.
July imports of propylene copolymers into Belarus reduced to 1,700 tonnes against 3,000 tonnes a month earlier, due to local companies decreasing procurement of PP random copolymers in Russia.
Despite the month-on-month decline in July, overall imports of propylene copolymers reached 17,000 tonnes in January-July 2017, whereas this figure was 16,400 tonnes a year earlier.
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