US October refined glycerine imports down 42% year over year

10 December 2009 21:12  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US refined glycerine imports for October were 4,490 tonnes, down 42% from the 7,771 tonnes brought in during the same month the year before, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) said on Thursday.

Refined glycerine imports were down 28% from 6,252 tonnes in September, the ITC said.

Imports fell as US glycerine refiners entered the traditional end-of-year slowdown, sources said.

Malaysia was the largest supplier of US refined glycerine imports, shipping 2,206 tonnes in October 2009, or nearly half the total.

Crude glycerine imports in October 2009 were 268 tonnes, down 77% from the same month the year before and 86% from September.

Major US glycerine buyers include Lonza, Colgate and Bayer.

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