12 April 2011 21:37 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US February imports of chlorinated solvents methylene chloride, perchloroethylene (perc) and trichloroethylene (TCE) surged by 199% year on year, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday.
Total imports of the three products rose to 8,006 tonnes in February, up from 2,676 tonnes in the same month a year ago.
The biggest jump came from perc imports, which rose to 7,864 tonnes in February from 2,571 tonnes a year ago.
Perc has been short in the US because of strong demand from the refrigerant sector and stable demand from the solvent sector.
Methylene chloride imports fell by 32 tonnes year on year, but TCE imports increased by 69 tonnes year on year.
Month on month, chlorinated solvent imports increased by 160%, up from 3,084 tonnes in January.
Perc imports saw the biggest gain, up from 3,005 tonnes in January 2011.
Strong global demand kept the US a next exporter for each of the products.
Total exports of the products were up by 55% year on year, to 18,145 tonnes in February from 11,734 tonnes for February 2010.
Month on month, exports increased by 67%, from 10,868 tonnes in January 2011.
The biggest export increase year on year and month on month came from perc, which shot up by 258% year on year and 171% month on month.
Major US producers of the chlorinated solvents are Dow Chemical, INEOS Chlor, Occidental Chemical and PPG Industries.
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