Ukraine’s Exports Remained Depressed Through May, 2022, but Imports of Key Chemical Products Picked Up.

The start of the war in February, 2022, severely impacted Ukraine’s trade in chemical and other products. While export volumes remained depressed, imports of many products into Ukraine picked up in May, although not to pre-war levels.

Prior to the war, Ukraine was a sizable exporter of caustic soda, propylene monomer and uncompounded PVC. Export volumes plunged in March and continued low through May, or stopped entirely.

Ukraine imported large volumes of liquefied propane gas, LDPE, HDPE and polypropylene prior to the war. Imports fell sharply in March and April but picked up in May, although not to pre-war levels.

From International Trader Publications’ World Trade Analyses, continuously updated analyses of trade between countries and regions based on statistics from all available reporting countries.