KIEV: Total imports of polyethylene (PE) into Ukraine fell by 14% in January from the previous month to 17,100 tonnes, with imports of all grades lower over the reported period, according to MRC DataScope.
The reduction in imports was caused by seasonal factors, with low density polyethylene (LDPE) decreasing most of all. MRC Ukraine PE importsThe structure of PE imports over the reported period was as follows: Ukraine’s imports of high density polyethylene (HDPE) were 9,100 tonnes in January, compared with 10,200 tonnes in December.
European producers slightly increased PE deliveries in January. The greatest reduction in demand was for local pipe producers, from 2,300 tonnes in December 2015 to 1,400 tonnes in January. Supply of film HDPE, on the contrary, increased.
January LDPE imports into Ukraine decreased to 4,200 tonnes against 5,200 tonnes a month earlier. The main reduction in deliveries was for film polyethylene from Azerbaijan and Belarus.
Imports of linear polyethylene (LLDPE) into the country decreased to 3,100 tonnes in January, compared with 3,700 tonnes in December on weaker purchases from local producers of stretch films. Imports of other types of polyethylene in January did not exceed 650 tonnes.