09 June 2011 22:37 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US styrene monomer (SM) exports were down in April while imports were higher compared with the same month a year earlier, according to data released on Thursday by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).
The decline in exports comes amid a string of production outages during the month.
April styrene exports were at 92,952 tonnes, down 13% from 106,481 tonnes in April 2010.
April exports also were down by 23% from 120,000 tonnes in March.
The top three destinations for US styrene in April were Mexico, Colombia, and the Bahamas.
US styrene imports in April were at 56,089 tonnes, up by 9% from April 2010.
But April imports were lower by 8% from the 60,697 tonnes imported in March.
The sole exporter of styrene to the US was Canada.
Shell Canada has a 450,000 tonne/year styrene plant in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, while INEOS Styrenics has a 455,000 tonne/year styrene plant in Sarnia, Ontario.
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