PP imports to Ukraine increased by 7% in January-July
Ukraine"s polypropylene (PP) imports totalled about 79,000 tonnes in the first seven months of the year, up 7% year on year. The greatest increase in imports accounted for homopolymer PP, according to MRC DataScope.
July PP imports in Ukraine rose to 12,200 tonnes, compared with 10,200 tonnes in June; the main increase accounted for the supply of homopolymer PP from Russia. Overall imports of propylene polymers reached 79,000 tonnes in January-July 2019, compared to 74,000 tonnes a year earlier. Homopolymer PP accounted for the main growth in imports, whereas demand for propylene copolymers subsided. The structure of PP imports by grades looked the following way over the stated period.
July imports of propylene homopolymers to the Ukrainian market grew due to growth in supplies from Russia and amounted to about 9,300 tonnes against 8,100 tonnes a month earlier. Overall shipments of homopolymer PP reached 61,400 tonnes in the first seven months of 2019 versus 54,800 tonnes a year earlier.
Last month"s imports of block propylene copolymers (PP block copolymers) were 1,100 tonnes, compared to 1,000 tonnes in June. Imports of PP block copolymers into the country were about 7,500 tonnes in January-July , compared with 7,700 tonnes year on year.
July imports of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymer) were 1,600 tonnes from 1,000 tonnes a month earlier, local companies significantly reduced their purchasing of pipe and injection moulding PP random copolymer. Overall imports of PP random copolymers exceeded 9,000 tonnes in January-July 2019, whereas this figure was about 10,200 tonnes a year earlier.
Ukraine"s imports of other propylene copolymers for the period were about 1,100 tonnes in the first seven months of the year.