In April 2019, for the second month in a row, China’s imports of ethylene polymers hit a new record high. Year to date, reduced volumes from North America were offset by increased volumes from Asia-Pacific sources.Continue reading
Despite a steep drop in imports in February 2019 due to the Chinese New Year holiday, as well as slowing winter demand, China’s imports year to date, 10.9 million tons, were up 19% from the same two-month period in 2018.Continue reading
China imported a record 6 million tons of LNG during November 2018, raising the year to date import volume to 47.6 million tons, an increase of 43% from the same period in 2017.
After slowing throughout the first quarter, China’s imports of LNG picked up in both April and May.
After trending downward for most of 2016 and into early 2017 China’s imports of liquefied butane gases soared to a new record high of 557,000 ton in May and continued to rise in June, reaching 587,000 tons. Average prices slipped in both months, to $433/ton in June.
In 2015, several countries reported exports of butylene to Saudi Arabia totaling over 46,000 tons. Through April, 2016, over 44,000 tons have already been shipped to that market.
ITP’s analysis of global trade projects a 3% increase in the volume of EDC traded in 2014 versus 2013, to over 3 million tons. VCM global trade volume contracted by 1%, to 3.5 million tons. Increases or decreases in global trade volume generally indicate the same trends in global demand.
Qatar exported 570,000 tons of methanol through August 2014, up 7% from the prior year. Continue reading
Qatar exports huge volumes of EDC, VCM, polyethylene and methanol. Qatar also imports numerous polymers and chemicals. Continue reading
HDPE exports from Qatar were up 25% through August 2014 versus the prior year; shipments of combined L/LLDPE were off 13%. Continue reading