According to the results of nine months of the year, the total volume of polyethylene imports to the Ukrainian market grew by 12% compared to the same period in 2018 and amounted to 200.8 thousand tons. The largest increase in external supplies came from low-pressure polyethylene (HDPE)
Last month, external deliveries of polyethylene to Ukraine grew to 22.5 against 21.8 thousand tons in August, and the volumes of supplies of HDPE and linear polyethylene (LDL) increased. In general, according to the results of January – September of this year, the total volume of external supplies of polyethylene reached the level of 200.8 thousand tons against 179 thousand tons a year earlier. The highest supply of HDPE increased most significantly, while imports of ethylene copolymers declined.
The supply structure by type of polyethylene for the period under review is as follows.
Last month, imports of low-pressure polyethylene rose to 8.7 thousand tons against 7.5 thousand tons a month earlier. Ukrainian companies increased their purchases of blown and pipe polyethylene. In general, according to the results of January – September of this year, the total volume of HDPE imports reached 72.5 thousand tons against 54.9 thousand tons a year earlier, the volume of external deliveries in all consumption segments increased.
The September indicator of imports of high-pressure polyethylene (HAP) amounted to about 6 thousand tons compared to 6.9 thousand tons a month earlier, local companies reduced the volume of LDPE purchases in Russia. Over the period under review, the total volume of LDPE imports reached the level of 58.2 thousand tons, which is 2% more than in 2018.
Last month, external deliveries of linear polyethylene amounted to about 6.8 thousand tons compared to 6.5 thousand tons in August, local companies increased their LDL purchases in Saudi Arabia. In general, according to the results of January – September of the current year, total LDL imports grew to 60.7 thousand tons against 55.4 thousand tons a year earlier.
Import of other types of polyethylene, including ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) for the period under review amounted to about 9.4 thousand tons against 11.8 thousand tons a year earlier.