US May styrene exports fall, imports rise year on year

12 July 2011 19:15  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US styrene monomer (SM) exports were down in May, while imports were higher compared with the same time last year, according to data released on Tuesday by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

May styrene exports were at 86,843 tonnes, down by 27% from 119,625 tonnes in May 2010.  May exports were also down by 6.6% from 92,952 tonnes in April.

The top three destinations for US styrene in May were Mexico, Brazil and the Netherlands.

US styrene imports in May were at 58,044 tonnes, up by 6% from May 2010.

The May imports were also up by 3% from 56,089 tonnes in April.

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 INOES Styrenics has a 455,000 tonne/year styrene plant in Sarnia, Ontario.

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By: Brian Balboa
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