MOSCOW (MRC) -- Last year's overall polyethylene (PE) imports into the Ukrainian market reached 277,300 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2021, up by 4% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased with one exception, according to a MRC's DataScope report.
Last month's PE imports to Ukraine were 30,500 tonnes versus 26,400 tonnes in November, local companies raised their purchasing of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE). Thus, overall PE imports reached 177,300 tonnes in 2021, compared to 165,900 tonnes a year earlier. Only HDPE imports decreased, whereas imports of other PE grades increased. The structure of PE imports by grades looked the following way over the stated period.
Last month's HDPE imports grew to 10,700 tonnes from 9,600 tonnes a year earlier, shipments of film grade and pipe grade PE increased. Overall HDPE imports totalled 90,700 tonnes in the twelve months of 2021 versus 97,300 tonnes a year earlier.
December LDPE imports were 10,900 tonnes versus 8,100 tonnes a month earlier, Ukrainian companies raised their PE purchases in Azerbaijan and Belarus. Overall LDPE imports reached 86,300 tonnes over the stated period, up by 9% year on year.
Last month's linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) imports were 7,300 tonnes, which virtually corresponded to the November figure. Thus, overall LLDPE imports reached 81,800 tonnes in 2021, up by 8% year on year.
Imports of other PE grades, including ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA), totalled about 18,500 tonnes last year, compared to 13,400 tonnes a year earlier.