MOSCOW (MRC) -- Overall polyethylene (PE) imports into the Ukrainian market reached 63,600 tonnes in the first three months of 2021, down by 6% year on year. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the main decrease in imports, according to MRC's DataScope report.
Last month's PE imports to Ukraine were 28,700 tonnes versus 17,700 tonnes in February, local companies increased their purchases of all PE grades. Thus, overall PE imports reached 63,600 tonnes in January-March 2021, compared to 39,900 tonnes a year earlier. HDPE imports decreased significantly, whereas imports of other PE grades increased.
The structure of PE imports by grades looked the following way over the stated period.
Last month's HDPE imports were 9,000 tonnes, compared to 5,800 tonnes in February, Ukrainian companies increased their purchases of extrusion blow moulding (EBM) PE. Overall HDPE imports totalled 19,600 tonnes in the first three months of 2021 versus 27,500 tonnes a year earlier.
March imports of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) were 8,800 tonnes versus 5,500 tonnes a month earlier, Ukrainian companies raised theipurchasessi Belarus and Russia. Overall LDPE imports reached 20,400 tonnes over the stated period, which corresponded to the last year's figure.
Last month's imports of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) were 9,500 tonnes, compared to 5,800 tonnes in February, shipments of film grade LLDPE from Saudi Arabia increased. Overall LLDPE imports reached 20,000 tonnes in the first three months of 2021, compared to 16,700 tonnes a year earlier.
Imports of other PE grades, including ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA), totalled 3,200 tonnes over the stated period, compared to 2,900 tonnes a year earlier.