5 Mar 2022 17:57

Industry and Trade Ministry recommends suspending exports of pentaethrite and urotropine to EU due to problems with methanol exports

MOSCOW. March 5 (Interfax) - The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade is reporting difficulties with methanol export shipments in EU ports. Given this situation, the agency is recommending that producers suspend shipments of methanol derivatives - pentaethrite and urotropine - to Europe.

"Given the situation with operation of foreign logistics operators and the risks associated with it, the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade is recommending that Russian producers temporarily suspend shipments of pentaethrite and urotropine for export to the EU," the agency said in a statement.

"It should be noted that Russian producers of methanol, pentaethrite and urotropine are not refusing to fulfill their obligations provided guarantees from EU carriers of uninterrupted, rhythmic logistics for all these items," the ministry said.

Urotropine is used as an antimicrobial and antibacterial agent, in the manufacture of plastics and synthetic rubber and household chemicals.

Pentaethrite is used for production of paints, alkyd resins, synthetic lubricating oils, polymers and plasticizers.