US January-June EPS exports rise 12% year on year

12 August 2011 19:10  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US exports of expandable polystyrene (EPS) rose by 12% year on year for the six months ending in June, but fell by 1% month on month, according to data obtained from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.

US EPS exports for the first six months of 2011 rose to 40,996 tonnes from 36,717 tonnes during the same six-month period a year ago.

June exports fell to 7,324 tonnes from 7,395 tonnes in May.

Mexico remained the top destination for US EPS exports in June, at 3,890 tonnes, with volumes up from 3,320 tonnes exported in the previous month.

US EPS imports fell by 13% month on month, dropping to 14,416 tonnes in June from 16,564 tonnes in May.

Year on year, US imports rose by 6% to 80,125 tonnes for the first six months of the year from 75,901 during the same period of 2010.

Mexico, the Bahamas and Canada remained the top US import sources for EPS.

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By: Michelle Klump
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