11 March 2010 22:48 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US imports of methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) rose in January to 5,628 tonnes, an increase of 129% from 2,454 tonnes imported during the same month of 2009, according to US International Trade Commission (ITC) data released on Thursday.
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MEK imports were up by nearly 170% in January from December, the commission indicated.
US MEK exports also rose significantly in January to 2,891 tonnes compared with the 1,122 tonnes shipped to foreign buyers in January a year ago, according to the ITC.
About 52% of January’s MEK exports were shipped to
Current US prices for MEK were 62-66 cents/lb ($1,367-1,455/tonne, €998-1,062/tonne), according to data from global chemical market intelligence service ICIS pricing.
US MEK suppliers include Shell Chemicals and ExxonMobil.
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