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Imports of linear polyethylene to Russia in January fell to 8,000 tonnes

February 14/2012

MOSCOW (MRC) -- After record figures seen last December, the imports of linear polyethylene to the Russian market in January fell to 8,000 tonnes. However, this year customs clearance for linear polyethylene became complicated, according to MRC Datascope.

Imports of linear polyethylene to Russia in January fell to 8,000 tonnes


December traditionally showed the record figures in imports of linear polyethylene. In December 2011, total import of LLDPE to Russia made about 17,700 tonnes. Last month, imports of linear polyethylene to the Russian market expectedly decreased to 8,000 tonnes.


However, from the beginning of this year the customs clearance of imported linear polyethylene became more complicated. Before that custom clearance of imported linear polyethylene was made selectively, but this year all imports of linear polyethylene must be checked in the laboratory.


Under the Customs Tariff, if the content of comonomer chains in the polymer exceeds 5%, then this polyethylene is classified as a copolymer of ethylene and it is subject to import duty of 10%. In December 2011, the share of linear polyethylene classified as copolymers of ethylene, in total imports rose to 13%.


As per importing companies, the laboratory analysis has an effect on the cost of the material. One of the producers of stretch film said, that under such circumstances it was more profitable to deliver the finished product from South-East Asia rather than to produce it in Russia.


After Russia enters the WTO this summer, import duty of linear polyethylene will be raised from the current 0% to 5%.

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Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PE, LLDPE, ethylene.
Category:General News
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