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China’s polymer imports rebound 1.3% in February

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team - content@chemorbis.com
  • 31/03/2016 (13:35)
According to data from Chinese Customs, the country’s total polymer imports rose around 1.3% on a yearly basis to reach 1,079,393 tons in February while imports fell by 18.2% when compared to the previous month.

The top five polymer exporters to China in February were South Korea (165,602 tons), Iran (147,031 tons), Saudi Arabia (131,216 tons), the United Arab Emirates (116,622 tons) and Taiwan (111,535 tons).

In February, the country’s LDPE imports surged 26.4% when compared to the same month of 2015 to be reported at 150,615 tons while it was down by 16.5% compared with January’s 180,417 tons. Iran was the top LDPE supplier to China with 40,222 tons, followed by the United Arab Emirates (17,504 tons).

China’s HDPE imports were up around 6.7% from a year earlier to reach 343,788 tons in February while imports decreased by 10.6% when compared with the previous month. Iran was the top supplier to China in February with 90,901 tons, followed by Saudi Arabia (62,561 tons), the United Arab Emirates (59,622 tons) and South Korea (35,882 tons).

LLDPE imports climbed 18.3% on a yearly basis to reach 162,943 tons in February; however they were down by around 12% when compared to 185,024 tons in January.

Singapore was the top supplier to China with 47,366 tons, followed by Saudi Arabia (23,259 tons) and Thailand (20,162 tons).

Imports for homo-PP fell 19.9% on the year to reach 182,429 tons in February. South Korea stood at the top of the homo-PP import list with 57,577 tons, followed by Singapore (28,138 tons) and Saudi Arabia (26,633 tons). On a monthly basis, meanwhile, China’s homo PP imports also dipped around 23% in February.

PP copolymer imports posted a gain of 12% year over year to reach 85,285 tons in February while declining by 19.5% from a month earlier. Singapore was the top exporter to China with 24,742 tons, followed by Taiwan (16,212 tons) and South Korea (14,069 tons).

China’s PVC imports slumped about 41.7% on the year to 36,374 tons in February. The top PVC exporter to China in February was Taiwan (11,838 tons), followed by the United States (11,399 tons) and Japan (10,070 tons). Compared with January, meanwhile, China’s PVC imports fell around 41.5% in February.

China’s PS imports slid 23.3% on a yearly basis to 27,496 tons in February. Taiwan was the top PS exporter to China in February with 10,937 tons, followed by Hong Kong with 5,409 tons. China’s February PS imports also witnessed a decrease of around 25.7% from January.

The country’s ABS imports for February, however, increased 7.1% on the year to 88,811 tons. Taiwan was the top of the ABS import list with 45,225 tons, followed by South Korea (29,870 tons).
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