MOSCOW: Total imports of polyethylene (PE) into Ukraine increased to 38,900 tonnes in the first two months of 2015, up 36% year on year, according to MRCDataScope on Wednesday. The greatest increase in demand occurred for high density polyethylene (HDPE) and the smallest for linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE).
Structure of PE imports over the reported period was as follows. February imports of HDPE into the country were about 9,600 tonnes, compared with 9,100 tonnes in January. A small increase in imports occurred for film PE. HDPE imports in the country increased to 19,100 tonnes in January – February of this year, compared with 12,100 tonnes in the same time a year earlier.
February low density polyethylene (LDPE) imports into Ukraine increased to 6,500 tonnes against 4,200 tonnes a month earlier. The main increase in February LDPE imports into the country occurred for film PE from Belarus. LDPE imports were 10,700 tonnes in the first two months of the year, up 26% year on year.
February imports of LLDPE into the country grew to 4,800 tonnes, compared with 3,100 tonnes in January. Local producers of stretch films significantly increased their procurement volumes. In general, January – February LLDPE imports into Ukraine increased to 7,900 tonnes compared with 6,700 tonnes year on year. Import of other types of PE in January-February slightly exceeded 1,200 tonnes.