LATEST NEWS: Turkey’s October polymer imports shrink 37% on year
The top polymer exporters to Turkey remained Saudi Arabia with 83,964 tons, followed by Korea (29,261 tons), Iran (20,220 tons), Egypt (17,882 tons) and Belgium (17,211 tons) in October.
In October, homo-PP imports edged up by 4% to 118,000 tons compared to September. They were down by almost 22% from the same month of 2017 though. Saudi Arabia remained as the top homo-PP exporter in October with 50,910 tons, followed by Egypt (14,040 tons), Israel (8,237 tons), South Korea (7,795 tons) and India (7,778 tons).
For PP copolymer, Turkey’s October imports were up by 5.5% on the month but plunged 29% on year at 19,000 tons. South Korea was the top supplier of Turkey for the second month in a row with 4,623 tons followed by Saudi Arabia (4,220 tons).
Imports for LLDPE were down by 5% on the month and 16% on year to around 37,000 tons in October. Saudi Arabia was the top supplier of LLDPE for another month with 13,427 tons, followed by the USA (10,723 tons). In the meantime, Turkey’s October mLLDPE imports were unchanged on the month but slumped by 62% from the same month of 2017 at 3,000 tons. The Netherlands remained Turkey’s top supplier with 1,313 tons.
Imports for LDPE did not change in October on a monthly basis while they were down by 23% on a yearly basis to 20,000 tons. Qatar overtook Saudi Arabia’s place and became Turkey’s top supplier with 3,800 tons, followed by Belgium (2,386 tons) and Spain (2,379 tons).
HDPE imports were down by 2.5% in October on a monthly basis to 39,000 tons while they plummeted by 34% from a year earlier. Saudi Arabia was the top exporter of Turkey for the third month in a row with 11,482 tons, followed by Iran (7,862 tons) and Uzbekistan (6,757 tons).
Turkey’s October PVC imports were down by 5% from a month earlier at around 37,000 tons, while they sank by 48% on a yearly basis. The top PVC suppliers were France (7,342 tons), Mexico (5,416 tons) and Spain (4,230 tons).
Regarding styrenics, Turkey imported 9,514 tons of PS in October, down by 33% on the month and 32% on the year. Belgium remained the top exporter with 4,572 tons.
ABS imports in October were unchanged on the month while they plunged by 43% to 18,000 tons year-on-year. South Korea remained the top supplier with 5,052 tons.
In October, Turkey’s EPS imports edged up by 3% to 4,343 tons month over month. The figure slumped by 33% year on year though. Germany took over Austria’s place and became Turkey’s top supplier with 1,362 tons.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s October imports for PET bottle decreased by 29% month over month, while they edged down by 2% year over year to 11,874 tons. China was the top exporter of Turkey with 7,161 tons.
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