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China’s polymer imports statistics revealed for December

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team - content@chemorbis.com
  • 27/01/2015 (14:05)
According to data from Chinese Customs, the country’s total polymer imports increased 16.3% month over month in December to reach 1,472,844 tons after declining 1% in November. Total imports were down 13% when compared to the same month of 2013.

In 2014, China’s total polymer imports retreated slightly by around 0.2% year over year to reach 16,781,821 tons. The top five polymer exporters to China in 2014 remained the same from 2013, with South Korea (2,721,070 tons) standing on the top, followed by Saudi Arabia (2,458,517 tons), Taiwan (2,052,683 tons), Singapore (1,599,120 tons) and Iran (1,582,755 tons).

In December 2014, the country’s LDPE imports increased by 17.2% month over month to reach 183,615 tons while they were down 6.3% when compared to the same month of 2013. For the full year of 2014, China imported 2,053,873 tons of LDPE, the most since 2002, with Iran standing on the top of the LDPE import list with 512,309 tons, followed by South Korea (250,971 tons).

LLDPE imports climbed 17.8% month over month to reach 193,261 tons in December while LLDPE imports were down 27.2% on the year. The country’s total LLDPE imports in 2014 reached 2,458,053 tons. Singapore was the top supplier to China with 726,068 tons, followed by Saudi Arabia (503,997 tons) and Thailand (330,830 tons).

China’s HDPE imports in December climbed 19.5% from November to reach 428,092 tons. In 2014, the country imported 4,595,954 tons of HDPE, down 3% from the previous year. Iran was the top supplier to China in 2014 with 1,030,393 tons of HDPE, followed by Saudi Arabia (928,488 tons), South Korea (608,328 tons) and the United Arab Emirates (601,061 tons).

Imports for homo-PP increased 12% from the previous month to reach 292,911 tons in December while they plunged 32% on a yearly basis. For the full year, the country imported 3,632,688 tons of homo-PP, with South Korea standing on the top of the homo-PP import list with 873,655 tons. PP copolymer imports also rose 16.9% from November to 121,676 tons. China’s copolymer imports in 2014 reached 1,218,766 tons, down 0.3% from 2013. In 2014, Singapore was the top exporter to China with 292,563 tons followed by Taiwan (289,077 tons) and South Korea (244,839 tons).

For PVC, imports moved up 24.5% month on month to 69,101 tons in December while year-over-year imports also climbed 13%. For the full year of 2014, China’s total PVC imports reached 677,998 tons, down 10.7% from the previous year. The top PVC exporter to China in 2014 was the United States (245,810 tons), followed by Taiwan (210,194 tons) and Japan (161,407 tons).

China’s PS imports were up 7.5% month over month to 49,738 tons in December, while imports slumped 61% from a year earlier. For 2014, the country’s PS imports posted a significant loss of 31.5% from the prior year to reach 605,957 tons. Taiwan was the top PS exporter to China in 2014 with 220,086 tons.

The country’s ABS imports for December posted a monthly increase of 8.6% to reach 132,216 tons while they were mostly stable on the year. In 2014, China imported 1,504,080 tons of ABS, with Taiwan standing on the top of the ABS import list with 795,417 tons, followed by South Korea (477,472 tons).

The top five polymer exporters to China in December were South Korea (238,220 tons), Saudi Arabia (193,403 tons), Taiwan (185,482 tons), Iran (160,839 tons) and Thailand (139,867 tons).
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