MOSCOW (MRC) -- Polyethylene (PE) imports into Kazakhstan fell in January-September 2021 by 16% year on year to 117,500 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) accounted for the decrease in shipments, reported MRC analysts.
September PE imports to Kazakhstan reached 12,100 tonnes versus 14,300 tonnes a month earlier, Russian producers reduced their PE shipments to the local market due to scheduled shutdowns for maintenance. Overall PE imports totalled 17,500 tonnes in January-September 2021, compared to 139,300 tonnes a year earlier. Purchases of low density polyethylene (LDPE) grew significantly, whereas HDPE and LLDPE imports decreased.
The structure of PE imports by grades looked the following way over the stated period.
September HDPE imports dropped to 9,900 tonnes from 10,800 tonnes, Russian producers reduced their export sales of pipe grade PE to the local market because of shutdowns for repairs. Overall HDPE imports totalled almost 93,300 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, down by 19% year on year.
September LDPE imports decreased to 1,300 tonnes from 2,600 tonnes a month earlier, a Russian producer restricted its shipments to the local market. Overall LDPE imports reached 16,200 tonnes over the stated period, up by 15% year on year.
September LLDPE imports reached 900 tonnes versus 800 tonnes a month earlier. Overall LLDPE imports reached 8,100 tonnes in January-September 2021, down by 19% year on year.