12 May 2009 12:21 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US exports of isopropanol (IPA) fell in first-quarter 2009 to 72,396 tonnes, a decline of 12% from 82,566 tonnes during the same period last year, according to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday.
While the quarterly numbers reflected a weaker global economy versus the same time last year, US IPA exports rose by 82% to 31,621 tonnes in March from February.
First-quarter imports of 16,507 tonnes were down only marginally from the same period a year ago.
Month-over-month imports nearly doubled to 7,082 in March from February, reflecting some restocking by buyers who had depleted inventories, sources said.
Ninety-four percent of the
US IPA producers include Shell Chemicals, Dow Chemical, LyondellBasell and ExxonMobil.
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