MOSCOW (MRC) -- Ukraine's polypropylene (PP) imports totalled about 71,800 tonnes in January-July of this year, down 5% year on year.
Only some grades of propylene copolymers imports have grown, according to MRC's DataScope.
July PP imports to Ukraine increased to 12,200 tonnes from 9,800 tonnes a month earlier, local companies increased their purchasing of homopolymer PP in Russia. Overall imports of propylene polymers reached 71,800 tonnes in January-July 2021, compared to 75,600 tonnes a year earlier. The main decrease in imports accounted for homopolymer PP, while imports of some propylene copolymers increased.
The structure of PP imports by grades looked the following way over the stated period.
July imports of propylene homopolymers to the Ukrainian market exceeded 9,300 tonnes from to the Middle Eastern and Russian producers, while in June this figure was about 7,500 tonnes. Thus, overall homopolymer PP imports reached 53,500 tonnes in the first seven months of 2021, down by 10% year on year.
Last month's imports of block copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) were about 1,100 tonnes, compared to 800 tonnes in June, demand for injection moulding PP block copolymers increased. About 6,900 tonnes of PP block copolymers were imported in the seven months of this year, compared to 7,100 tonnes a year earlier.
July PP random copolymers imports increased to 1,500 tonnes from 1,100 tonnes a month earlier, supplies of pipe polypropylene increased.
Total PP random copolymer imports to Ukraine reached 9,300 tonnes in the first seven months of the year, compared with 8,300 tonnes year on year. Overall imports of other propylene copolymers totalled slightly over 2,100 tonnes over the stated period.