) -- Ukraine's polypropylene (PP) imports totalled about 99,500 tonnes in January-September of this year, down 2% year on year. Only some grades of propylene copolymers imports have grown, according to MRC's DataScope
September PP imports to Ukraine grew to 16,800 tonnes from 10,900 tonnes a month earlier, local companies increased their purchasing of propylene homopolymers (homopolymer PP) from Russia and Saudi Arabia. Overall imports of propylene polymers reached 99,500 tonnes in January-September 2021, compared to 101,200 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.
September imports of homopolymer PP into the Ukrainian market increased to 13,100 tonnes, while a month earlier this figure was 8,000 tonnes. Producers from Russia and Saudi Arabia increased their export volumes. Thus, overall homopolymer PP imports reached 74,500 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, down by 2% year on year.
Last month's imports of block copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) were about 1,700 tonnes, compared to 1,200 tonnes in August, a small increase in supplies of injection moulding PP block copolymers was seen. About 9,800 tonnes of PP block copolymers were imported in the nine months of this year, compared to 10,500 tonnes a year earlier.
September imports of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) rose to 1,700 tonnes from 1,500 tonnes a month earlier due to stronger demand for injection moulding PP. Total PP random copolymer imports to Ukraine reached 12,600 tonnes in the first nine months of the year, compared with 11,800 tonnes year on year.
Overall imports of other propylene copolymers totalled slightly over 2,600 tonnes over the stated period.MRC