The resumption of production at the country’s domestic plant after a long outage was the main reason for lower imports, according to MRC’s DataScope report.
Last month’s SPVC imports to Ukraine dropped to 5,900 tonnes from 6,500 tonnes in October because of seasonal factors.
Local producers of plasticized PVC reduced their purchasing of resin. Overall SPVC imports were 94,800 tonnes in January-November 2017, compared to 100,500 tonnes a year earlier.
The resumption of domestic production in July after several years of shutdowns at Karpatneftekhim led to a reduction on the dependence of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) imports.
The structure of PVC imports into the Ukrainian market looked the following way over the stated period:
Last month’s imports of US PVC were 3,200 tonnes versus 4,100 tonnes in October, with the largest cable plastic compounds producer significantly reduced its shipments.
Imports of North American resin totalled 47,900 tonnes in January-November versus 54,500 tonnes a year earlier.
November shipments of European PVC to the Ukrainian market virtually remained at the level of October at 2,100 tonnes.
Overall imports of European PVC fell to 31,500 tonnes over the stated period from 37,900 tonnes a year earlier.
Last month’s SPVC shipments from Russia rose to 460 tonnes from 260 tonnes in October, with Russian producers substantially reducing their export sales in the autumn months because of a shortage in the country’s domestic market.
Imports of Russian resin totalled 13,400 tonnes in the first 11 months of 2017, compared to 7,300 tonnes a year earlier.
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