US Jan-Oct EPS imports down 6% year on year

10 December 2010 22:23  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US expandable polystyrene (EPS) imports declined by 6% in January through October when compared with the same period of 2009, according to data from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) released Friday.

Total imports of EPS beads in October reached 12,956 tonnes, down by nearly 16% from the 15,366 tonnes imported in September.

Mexico, the Bahamas and Canada were the top suppliers in October, in that order, followed by China, South Korea and Taiwan.

Mexico sent 4,622 tonnes to the US in October, while imports from the Bahamas reached 4,376 tonnes.

Canada provided 2,538 tonnes in October, up from 2,262 tonnes exported during the previous month.

China, South Korea and Taiwan were other significant suppliers of EPS beads in October, with 573, 505 and 135 tonnes, respectively. All values were significantly lower than seen in September.

Japan, Germany, Indonesia and the UK rounded the list with a combined 206 tonnes for October, substantially less than sold a month ago to the US.

The US exported a total of 7,528 tonnes of EPS in October this year, versus 7,561 tonnes exported in September.

Mexico remained the top EPS destination for US exports in October with 3,276 tonnes, a slight decline from 3,342 tonnes exported in September.

Canada took second place in October with 1,301 tonnes, slightly down from the 1,333 tonnes.

France was a distant third in October with 668 tonnes, followed by Italy with 582 tonnes, Hong Kong with 332 tonnes, China with 206 tonnes, India with 187 tonnes, the Dominican Republic with 181 tonnes, Brazil with 169 tonnes and El Salvador with 152 tonnes.

Unlisted countries combined to receive 472 tonnes from the US in October.

Year on year, January-October exports of EPS in 2010 rose by 5%.

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By: George Martin
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