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China’s polymer imports post decreases in October

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 25/11/2014 (17:28)
According to data from Chinese Customs, the country’s total polymer imports decreased 7.7% month over month in October to reach 1,279,359 tons after increasing 4.3% in September. Total imports were mostly stable when compared to the same month of 2013.

China’s LDPE imports posted a monthly decrease of 7% to reach 164,988 tons while they were up around 38% on the year. The top LDPE supplier was Iran with 49,032 tons, followed by South Korea (20,752 tons). LLDPE imports slumped 34% month over month to reach 155,053 tons in October, with Singapore standing at the top of the LLDPE import list with 40,542 tons, followed by Thailand (29,985 tons).

Meanwhile, the country’s HDPE imports climbed 4.5% month over month to 348,232 tons in October. Iran was the top supplier to China with 107,820 tons of HDPE, followed by Saudi Arabia (60,066 tons), South Korea (39,708 tons) and the United Arab Emirates (34,321 tons).

Imports for homo-PP retreated 8.8% from the previous month to reach 283,136 tons. On a yearly basis, homo-PP imports were up around 7.8%. The top exporter to China was South Korea (72,132 tons), followed by Saudi Arabia (53,909 tons) and Singapore (32,990 tons). PP copolymer imports climbed 4.8% from September to 105,103 tons. Taiwan was the top exporter to China with 23,069 tons followed by South Korea (19,780 tons) and Singapore (19,227 tons).

For PVC, imports declined 9% month on month to 49,713 tons while year-over-year imports decreased 27%. The top exporter was the United States with 22,298 tons, followed by Taiwan (11,464 tons) and Japan (10,391 tons).

China’s PS imports were slightly down by 0.4% month over month to 45,810 tons in October, while imports slumped 35% from a year earlier. Taiwan was the top supplier with 17,433 tons.

The top five polymer exporters to China in October were South Korea (209,111 tons), Iran (162,832 tons), Saudi Arabia (160,296 tons), Taiwan (141,843 tons) and Singapore (102,888 tons).
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