MOSCOW (MRC) -- Imports of suspension polyvinyl chloride (SPVC) into Ukraine slumped in 2018 by 33% year on year to 66,100 tonnes. The growth of domestic production was the main reason, according to MRC's DataScope report.
Last month's SPVC imports to the Ukrainian market virtually remained at the level of November, totalling 4,500 tonnes. Overall imports of suspension reached 66,100 tonnes in 2018, compared to 98,500 tonnes a year earlier. Karpatneftekhim's stable operations after many years of outage helped to significantly reduce the dependence of the Ukrainian market on imports. Higher production allowed to increase exports.
The structure of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) imports into Ukraine looked the following way over the stated period.
Last month's imports of US SPVC grew to 2,600 tonnes from 2,000 tonnes in November. Thus, imports of US resin totalled 38,600 tonnes last year, compared to 49,800 tonnes a year earlier. February-March accounted for the peak of imports.
December shipments of European PVC to the Ukrainian market were 1,800 tonnes, compared to 2,600 tonnes a month earlier. Overall imports of European PVC into Ukraine totalled 26,200 tonnes over the stated period, compared to 32,800 tonnes a year earlier.
Overall, Karpatneftekhim shipped to foreign markets over 147,500 tonnes last year, whereas this figure was 51,900 tonnes a year earlier.