India's Acetic Acid Imports Doubled in the Past Decade

India’s Acetic Acid Imports Doubled in the Past Decade

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

In the past decade, India doubled acetic acid imports in physical terms. In 2020, they grew by +7.7% y-o-y to 953K tonnes. Malaysia, Singapore and China constitute the most significant suppliers, accounting for 70% of India’s acetic acid imports. Taiwan featured the highest growth rate of exports to India in 2020. Last year, the average acetic acid import price dropped by -22.9% y-o-y to $349 per tonne.

India’s Acetic Acid Imports by Country

India’s acetic acid imports increased twofold, from 457K tonnes in 2010 to 953K tonnes in 2020. In 2020, imports grew by +7.7% on the previous year’s figure. In 2020, imports grew by +7.7% on the previous year’s figure. In value terms, acetic acid imports dropped notably from $401M in 2019 to $333M (IndexBox estimates) in 2020.

Malaysia (294K tonnes), Singapore (220K tonnes) and China (153K tonnes) were the leading suppliers of acetic acid imports to India, with a combined 70% share of total imports. These countries were followed by Taiwan (Chinese), Saudi Arabia, Iran and South Korea, which together accounted for a further 28%.

Taiwan saw the highest growth rate of export volume among the key exporters. Indian imports from Taiwan rose from $50M in 2019 to $136M in 2020.

In value terms, the largest acetic acid suppliers to India were Malaysia ($104M), Singapore ($79M) and China ($53M), together comprising 71% of total imports. These countries were followed by Taiwan (Chinese), Saudi Arabia, Iran and South Korea, which together accounted for a further 27%.

The average acetic acid import price stood at $349 per tonne in 2020, waning by -22.9% against the previous year. Average prices varied noticeably amongst the major supplying countries. In 2020, the highest prices were recorded for prices from Singapore ($358 per tonne) and South Korea ($355 per tonne), while the price for Iran ($326 per tonne) and Saudi Arabia ($337 per tonne) were amongst the lowest. In 2020, the most notable rate of growth in terms of prices was attained by China, while the prices for the other major suppliers experienced a decline.

Source: IndexBox Platform

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