March 2022 was the first full month of trade after the February invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Uncertainty created by the war apparently resulted in higher imports of polypropylene homopolymer into both Eastern Europe and Western Europe in March.
There was a particularly strong rise in Eastern Europe’s imports from the Middle East in March, although imports from all regional sources were up. Note that volumes are understated as they do not include Russia, which stopped reporting all statistics after January 2022, and also Ukraine, which no longer reported imports after December 2021.
From International Trader Publications’ Polypropylene World Trade Analysis, a continuously updated analysis of trade between countries and regions based on all available country trade statistics.