PE imports into Belarus up 2.6% in first seven months of 2017

27 September 2017 12:07 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Overall imports of polyethylene (PE) into Belarus grew by 2.6% year on year in the first seven months of 2017. All grades of PE except linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) recorded increases in imports, as per MRC’s DataScope report.

Overall PE imports reached 72,400 tonnes in January-July, compared to 70,600 tonnes a year earlier. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) accounted for the main increase in imports.

Despite the overall increase in the first seven months of the year, in terms of July alone, PE imports to Belarus dropped to 10,600 tonnes, down from 11,700 tonnes a month earlier, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of Belarus.

The structure of PE imports into Belarus over the stated period looked as follows:

July LDPE imports decreased to 2,800 tonnes from 3,900 tonnes a month earlier, as local companies reduced their PE purchasing in Russia on the back of the resumption of production at Polymir after a scheduled maintenance.

Overall LDPE imports into Belarus amounted to 20,800 tonnes in the first seven months of 2017, compared to 16,300 tonnes a year earlier. An accident at a local producer’s ethylene unit, which resulted in a major fall  in LDPE capacity utilisation since July 2016, was the main reason for such an increase in imports.

July LLDPE imports were 3,800 tonnes versus 4,300 tonnes a month earlier. Thus, overall LLDPE imports to Belarus came to 25,500 tonnes in January-July 2017, whereas this figure was 29,500 tonnes a year earlier.

July imports of high density polyethylene (HDPE) grew to 4,000 tonnes from 3,500 tonnes a month earlier. Thus, HDPE imports totalled 26,100 tonnes in January-July 2017, up by 5.3% year on year.

MRC, a partner of ICIS, produces polymers news and pricing reports from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

By Sergey Karaichentsev