MOSCOW (MRC) -- Polyethylene (PE) imports into Kazakhstan fell in the first eleven months of 2021 by 9% year on year to 147,400 tonnes. At the same time, high density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) accounted for the decrease in shipments, said MRC analysts.
November PE imports to Kazakhstan reached 15,900 tonnes versus 14,000 tonnes a month earlier, Russian producers and the Uzbek manufacturer increased their footprint in the local market after scheduled shutdowns for maintenance. Overall PE imports totalled 147,400 tonnes in January-November 2021, compared to 162,400 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.
November HDPE imports rose to 11,800 tonnes from 10,500 tonnes a year earlier, Uzbek and Russian producers increased their export sales. Overall HDPE imports totalled almost 115,600 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2021, down by 14% year on year.
November LDPE imports virtually remained at the previous month's level, totalling 2,600 tonnes. Overall LDPE imports reached 21,600 tonnes over the stated period, up by 28% year on year.
November LLDPE imports grew to slightly over 1,400 tonnes versus 0,900 tonnes a month earlier. Overall LLDPE imports reached 10,400 tonnes in January-November 2021, down by 9% year on year.