In December alone, PP imports into Belarus remained at the level of November and amounted to about 8,500 tonnes, with purchases of homopolymer PP increasing, while demand for propylene copolymers declined.
December imports of homopolymers of propylene to the Belarusian market rose to 6,000 tonnes against 5,600 tonnes a month earlier. Thus, overall shipments of homopolymer PP reached 64,400 tonnes in 2017, which is practically equal to the previous year’s figure.
Russian producers, with a share of about 86% of the total shipments, were the key suppliers.
December imports of propylene copolymers into Belarus decreased to 2,500 tonnes from 2,900 tonnes a month earlier.
Thus, overall imports of propylene copolymers reached 31,100 tonnes in January-December 2017, whereas this figure was 31,500 tonnes a year earlier.
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