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PVC exports from Russia up by 48% in Jan-Sept 2019, imports rose by almost 3 times
Exports of suspension polyvinyl chloride (SPVC) into Russia totalled about 142,100 tonnes in the first nine months of 2019, up by 48% year on year. Imports increased by 211% year on year to 43,100 tonnes, according to MRC"s DataScope report.
Last month"s exports of Russian suspension (excluding shipments to the countries of the Customs Union ) were 9,000 tonnes, compared to 5,100 tonnes in August. Some producers increased their exports after planned maintenance works. Thus, overall exports of PVC to Russia totalled about 142,100 tonnes in the first nine months of 2019, compared to 96,200 tonnes a year earlier. Indian buyers were the main foreign importers of Russian resin this year.
Overall sales of PVC were about 81,300 tonnes over the stated period. Belarusian and Polish producers with shipments of 19,600 tonnes and 11,700 tonnes, respectively, occupied the second and third positions. The increase in capacity utilisation by two Russian producers in September was the main reason for the decline in imports.
September SPVC imports were about 6,100 tonnes versus 10,100 tonnes a month earlier, with Chinese producers accounting for the main decreased in shipments (648 tonnes versus 6,600 tonnes in August). Overall imports totalled about 43,100 tonnes over the stated period versus 13,800 tonnes a year earlier.