12 August 2011 18:32 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US acetic acid exports rose by 7% to 498,711 tonnes in the first half of 2011 from 466,336 tonnes in the same period of 2010, according to US International Trade Commission (ITC) data made available on Friday.
Belgium accounted for most of the increase, taking 18% more acetic acid than it received in the same period a year ago.
Acetic acid exports to Belgium increased on supply disruptions in Europe, sources said. Celanese declared force majeure on European acetic acid, vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) and other related products in late March.
Belgium, Mexico and Brazil remained the top three export destinations through June, with the three countries receiving 446,357 tonnes or 90% of all US acetic acid exports.
Major US acetic acid sellers include BP, Celanese and Eastman Chemical.
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