09 December 2011 23:01 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US imports of expandable polystyrene (EPS) for October were down by 8.5% from the same month a year ago, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.
US EPS imports fell to 11,855 tonnes from 12,956 tonnes in October 2010.
While imports were up to the Bahamas, Canada, Korea, Taiwan, France and India, the overall decrease was the result of fewer volumes imported from Mexico, China, Japan, Germany, and the category described as "all others," according to the data.
Year-to-date imports increased by 1.1% to 135,248 tonnes for the first 10 months of 2011, up from 133,705 tonnes during the same period of 2010.
US EPS exports fell by 6.6% in October to 7,033 tonnes, down from 7,528 tonnes in October 2010.
Mexico, Canada and El Salvador were the top destinations for US EPS exports.
Major US EPS producers are BASF, Nova Chemicals, Flint Hills Resources, Styrochem and Nexkemia.
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