PE imports to Ukraine increased by 18% in January-April 2019
Imports of polyethylene (PE) into Ukraine increased to about 90,200 tonnes in the first four months of 2019, up 18% compared to the same period of 2018. An increase in external supplies accounted for almost all grades of ethylene polymers, according to a MRC"s DataScopereport.
Last month"s PE imports to Ukraine rose to 25,100 tonnes from 23,200 tonnes in March, the supply volumes of all types of ethylene polymers increased except for high density polyethylene (HDPE). Overall PE imports reached 90,200 tonnes in January-April 2019, compared to 76,500 tonnes a year earlier. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers grew, with HDPE accounting for the greatest increase.
The supply structure by PE grades looked the following way over the stated period.
April LDPE imports decreased to 9,600 tonnes from 10,300 tonnes a month earlier, with the reduction in supplies accounted for film polyethylene. Overall HDPE imports reached 33,300 tonnes in the first four months of 2019, compared to 23,900 tonnes a year earlier.
April imports of low density polyethylene (LDPE) into Ukraine were about 6,900 tonnes against 6,800 tonnes a month earlier. Overall LDPE imports reached 26,500 tonnes over the stated period, up by 8% year on year.
Last month"s imports of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) were about 7,500 tonnes, compared to 5,200 tonnes in March. In general, January - April LLDPE imports into Ukraine increased to 25,900 tonnes compared with 23,700 tonnes year on year.
Imports of other grades of polyethylene, including EVA for the period under review reached about 4,500 tonnes against 4,400 tonnes a year earlier.