Indian Polypropylene Exports Swell Driven by Booming Demand from China - Global Trade Magazine
  October 5th, 2021 | Written by

Indian Polypropylene Exports Swell Driven by Booming Demand from China

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IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘India – Polypropylene In Primary Forms – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends And Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

Indian exports of primary polypropylene skyrocketed from 518K tonnes in 2019 to 794K tonnes in 2020 due to robust supplies to China, Turkey and Viet Nam. In value terms, exports reached $673M, rising by +22.5% y-o-y in 2020. China remains the largest importer, accounting for 44% of total polypropylene exports from India. Turkey and Viet Nam were distantly following China. Last year, China boosted its purchases from 130K tonnes in 2019 to 352K tonnes in 2020, while Turkey saw a 12%-growth. Viet Nam has also significantly increased the imports from India. In 2020, the average export price for primary polypropylene from India amounted to $847 per tonne, dropping by -20.1% y-o-y.

Indian Polypropylene Exports by Country

India’s polypropylene exports surged from 518K tonnes in 2019 to 794K tonnes in 2020. In value terms, polypropylene in primary forms exports soared to $673M (IndexBox estimates), rising by +22.5% y-o-y in 2020.

China (352K tonnes) was the main destination for polypropylene in primary forms exports from India, with a 44% share of total exports. Moreover, polypropylene in primary forms exports to China exceeded the volume sent to the second major destination, Turkey (102K tonnes), threefold. The third position in this ranking was occupied by Viet Nam (61K tonnes), with a 7.7% share.

China increased its imports from 130K tonnes in 2019 to 352K tonnes in 2020. Turkish purchases grew from 90K tonnes to 102K tonnes over the same period. Exports to Viet Nam rose from 37K tonnes in 2019 to 61K tonnes in 2020.

In value terms, China ($279M) remains the key foreign market for polypropylene in primary forms exports from India, comprising 41% of total exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Turkey ($90M), with a 13% share of total exports. It was followed by Viet Nam, with a 7.8% share.

In 2020, the average polypropylene in primary forms export price amounted to $847 per tonne, shrinking by -20.1% against the previous year. Average prices varied noticeably for the major external markets. In 2020, the countries with the highest prices were Nepal ($935 per tonne) and Italy ($909 per tonne), while the average price for exports to China ($791 per tonne) and Portugal ($860 per tonne) were amongst the lowest. In 2020, the most notable growth rate in terms of prices was recorded for supplies to Bangladesh, while the prices for the other major destinations experienced a decline.

Source: IndexBox Platform