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PE imports to Ukraine increased by 1% in January-April 2020

May 22/2020
MOSCOW (MRC) - Imports of polyethylene (PE) into Ukraine increased to about 90,900 tonnes in the first four months of 2020, up 1% compared to the same period of 2019. The greatest increase in demand occurred for high density polyethylene (HDPE), according to MRC DataScope.

Last month"s PE imports to Ukraine shrank to 23,400 tonnes from 27,700 tonnes in March, local companies increased shipments of all ethylene polymers grades, including due to quarantine and the suspension of some converters. Thus, overall PE imports reached 90,900 tonnes in January-April 2020, compared to 90,200 tonnes a year earlier. HDPE imports increased mainly due to the forced shutdown of Karpatneftekhim in the first quarter of this year, for other types of polyethylene imports decreased.

The supply structure by PE grades looked the following way over the stated period.
Last month"s high density polyethylene (HDPE) imports decreased to 11,100 tonnes from 11,600 tonnes, Ukrainian companies significantly decreased their purchasing of film grade PE due to the resumption of the domestic plant. Overall HDPE imports exceeded 38,600 tonnes in the first four months of 2020 versus 33,300 tonnes a year earlier.

April imports of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) amounted to a little more than 5,000 tonnes against 7,900 tonnes a month earlier, local companies reduced their purchases due to quarantine and shutdown of part of the capacities. Overall LDPE imports reached 25,500 tonnes over the stated period, compared to 26,500 tonnes a year earlier.

Last month"s linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) imports were 6,100 tonnes versus 7,200 tonnes in March, with stretch films producers decreased their purchasing. Overall LLDPE imports reached 22,800 tonnes in January-April 2020, compared to 25,900 tonnes a year earlier.

Imports of other PE grades, including ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA), totalled 4,000 tonnes over the stated period, compared to 4,500 tonnes a year earlier.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PE, LLDPE, LDPE, HDPE, Karpatneftekhim, Ukraine.
Category:General News
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