US EPS imports increase by 7% in Q1

09 May 2008 20:36  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--First-quarter US imports of expandable polystyrene (EPS) were up by 7% in accumulated figures for January-March 2008 compared with the same period in 2007, according to figures released on Friday by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

EPS imports went up by 21% in March 2008 over the previous month, with the help of a substantial increase in imports from Mexico and South Korea. Mexico was the main supplier of EPS to the US in March with 5,341 tonnes.

The Bahamas took second place with 4,161 tonnes in March, down from 5,160 tonnes the previous month.

Imports from Korea substantially higher in March from February.

The table below shows a summary of EPS import statistics for March 2008.

 

Mar-07

Feb-08

Mar-08

Q1 2007

Q1 2008

Total

17,038

15,133

18,246

47,185

50,527

Mexico

6,003

4,515

5,341

14,008

16,626

Bahamas

4,666

5,160

4,161

12,962

13,619

Korea

2,420

2,465

3,788

8,971

8,217

Canada

2,547

1,158

1,602

6,535

3,923

China

744

1,211

1,200

2,199

3,979

Taiwan

320

277

1,066

1,836

2,465

UK

0

0

446

0

446

Indonesia

280

140

363

440

603

Japan

39

109

142

196

367

Germany

1

78

100

20

198

All others

18

21

38

18

84

Note: Import volumes are expressed in tonnes

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By: George Martin
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