US 2010 melamine imports rise 65% from 2009 - ITC

11 February 2011 20:25  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US melamine imports for 2010 were up 65% from 2009, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.

US 2010 melamine imports rose by 65% to 31,780 tonnes from 19,259 tonnes in 2009.

Imports rose last year as a result of increased demand in North America for composite wood products, laminate materials and industrial coatings, market sources said.

Imports in December rose 88% to 1,727 tonnes from 919 tonnes in December 2009, the ITC said.

December imports fell by 34% from 2,621 tonnes in November 2010.

The biggest exporters of melamine to the US were the Netherlands, China, Germany, Indonesia and Trinidad & Tobago.

US melamine exports for 2010 were up 50% from 2009.

Melamine exports rose by 50% to 33,914 tonnes from 22,585 tonnes in 2009.

Major destinations for US melamine were Canada, United Kingdom, Russia, Norway, Mexico, Colombia, Germany, Sweden and Spain.

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