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Stats: China’s total PE imports down for 2nd month in November

by Pınar Polat - ppolat@chemorbis.com
  • 30/12/2020 (09:25)
Data from ChemOrbis Import Statistics indicate that China’s cumulative PE imports in November were down nearly by 6% on a month over month comparison to reach around 1.6 million tons.

Similarly in October, cumulative PE imports retreated to around 1.7 million tons, down by 5% from September when the second-highest monthly volume of 2020 over 1.8 million was recorded so far.

China-PE Imports

S. Arabia reclaims the throne, becomes China’s top HDPE supplier again

Back in October, Iran had dethroned Saudi Arabia and become the top HDPE exporter of China. In November, on the other hand, the winds changed again with Saudi Arabia taking back the throne.

Saudi Arabia exported 175,088 tons of HDPE to China in November while the monthly volume was 136,529 tons for Iran.

Meanwhile, China’s total HDPE imports in November decreased nearly 11% from October to be reported at 764,158 tons. On a yearly comparison, however, they increased 8%.

Iran hangs on throne for LDPE

China’s LDPE imports from Iran in November declined 27% compared to October to 1,168 tons. But still, the country ranks first on China’s LDPE exporters list.

Iran was followed closely by Saudi Arabia with 61,094 tons.

Unlike HD and LDPE, LLDPE imports up on month

On a monthly comparison, China’s LLDPE imports were up by 2.2% in November to be reported at 543,973 tons. When compared to the same month of 2019, they also posted a larger gain of 20%.

On the country-based breakdown, Saudi Arabia was the top LLDPE supplier to China with 133,623 tons in November.

This indicates the highest ever monthly LLDPE volume imported from Saudi Arabia, data from ChemOrbis Import Statistics also show.
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