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China’s Jan polymer imports up on year, down on month

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team - content@chemorbis.com
  • 01/03/2017 (10:40)
According to data from Chinese Customs, the country’s total polymer imports increased around 15.7% on a yearly basis to reach 1,528,130 tons in January. Imports fell by 14.4% when compared to the previous month.

The top five polymer exporters to China in January were Saudi Arabia (241,672 tons), South Korea (202,916 tons), Taiwan (160,364 tons), the Iran (145,954 tons) and United Arab Emirates (128,163 tons).

In January, China’s LDPE imports retreated by 1.2% when compared to the same month of 2016 to be reported at 178,131 tons while they fell by around 17.4% compared with December 2016. Iran was the top LDPE supplier to China with 39,947, followed by Qatar (23,037 tons).

HDPE imports increased by 27.5% from a year earlier to reach 490,826 tons in January while they were down by around 3.4% when compared to the previous month. Iran was the top supplier with 98,650 tons, followed by Saudi Arabia (96,513 tons), the United Arab Emirates (52,530 tons) and South Korea (44,589).

The country’s LLDPE imports surged 40.2% on a yearly basis to reach 259,412 tons in January while they fell by 21.4% when compared to December. Saudi Arabia was the top supplier to China with 60,836 tons, followed by Singapore (47,005 tons) and Thailand (29,186 tons).

Imports for homo-PP rose 10.4% on the year to reach 261,897 tons in January. South Korea remained at the top of the homo-PP import list with 69,492 tons, followed by Saudi Arabia (54,450 tons) and Singapore (24,563 tons). On a monthly basis, China’s homo-PP imports, however, decreased by around 17.9% in January.

PP copolymer imports jump around 32.9% year over year to reach 140,985 tons in January while they were also up by around 1.2% from a month earlier. Singapore was the top exporter to China with 30,829 tons, followed by Taiwan (27,928 tons) and South Korea (24,409tons).

China’s January PVC imports were marginally unchanged when compared to the same month of 2016 to be reported at 61,886 tons. On a monthly basis, imports retreated by 9.3%. The top PVC exporter to China in January was the United States (23,026 tons), followed by Taiwan (22,864 tons) and Japan (10,070 tons).

Imports for PS decreased 13.5% on a year over year basis to reach 32,026 tons in January. When compared to December data, they plunged by 36.9%. Taiwan was the top PS exporter to China with 11,694 tons.

For ABS, the country’s January imports posted a yearly decrease of 19.5% while they were significantly down by around 33.1% from a month earlier. Taiwan was at the top of the ABS import list with 50,195 tons, followed by South Korea (33,811 tons).
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