MOSCOW (MRC) -- Imports of polyethylene (PE) into Russia fell by 7% year on year to 544,600 tonnes in January-November 2021. High density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) accounted for the greatest decrease in imports, according to MRC's DataScope report.
November PE imports reached 57,800 tonnes versus 44,100 tonnes a month earlier, shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. Overall PE imports totalled 544,600 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2021, compared to 586,300 tonnes a year earlier. HDPE and LLDPE accounted for the main reduction in imports, whereas shipments of ethylene copolymers and low density polyethylene (LDPE) increased.
The structure of PE imports by grades looked the following way over the stated period.
November HDPE imports rose to 24,800 tonnes from 18,400 tonnes a month earlier, PE shipments from Uzbekistan and South Korea increased. Overall imports of this PE grade totalled 202,700 tonnes in January-November 2021, down by 15% year on year. Film grade and blow moulding HDPE accounted for the main reduction in shipments.
Last month's LDPE imports exceeded 10,600 tonnes, whereas this figure was at 7,600 tonnes in October. Shipments from Belarus and Germany grew. Overall LDPE imports to Russia reached 109,700 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2021, up by 7% year on year.
November LLDPE imports reached 13,400 tonnes, compared to 9,900 tonnes a month earlier, purchases of film grade PE in South Korea decreased. Overall LLDPE imports totalled 135,000 tonnes in January-November 2021, down by 14% year on year.
Last month's imports of other ethylene polymers, including ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA), were 8,900 tonnes, compared to 8,200 tonnes in October. Overall imports of other ethylene polymers reached 97,200 tonnes over the stated period versus 89,500 tonnes a year earlier.