US Oct LLDPE exports fall 15% year on year

12 December 2011 16:36  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports for October were down by 15% from the same month a year ago, according to data available from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Monday.

Exports of LLDPE decreased to 42,693 tonnes from 50,293 tonnes in October 2010.

Mexico took 13,908 tonnes of US LLDPE, while Canada took 4,703 tonnes and China took 3,507 tonnes.

Year-to-date export activity for LLDPE fell by 19% to 473,289 tonnes in 2011 from 586,945 tonnes in 2010.

US low density polyethylene (LDPE) exports increased by 6.1% year on year in October, rising to 50,793 tonnes in 2011 from 47,853 tonnes in 2010, according to the ITC.

China, Canada and Mexico purchased a little less than half of the LDPE exported from the US. China more than doubled its purchases from 1,797 tonnes in 2010 to 4,078 tonnes in 2011.

Mexico, Canada and Brazil were the largest importers of US HDPE material.

Major US PE producers include Chevron Phillips Chemical, LyondellBasell, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, Westlake, INEOS, Total, Nova Chemicals and Formosa.

 

US Exports in tonnes

Oct '10

Oct  '11

% chg

YTD '10

YTD '11

%chg

HDPE

127,841

123,149

-3.7%

1,459,990

1,392,167

-4.6%

LDPE

47,853

50,793

6.1%

550,568

522,588

-5.1%

LLDPE

50,293

42,693

-15%

586,945

473,289

-19%

 

 

 

Source: USITC

 

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