13 January 2012 19:36 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US imports of expandable polystyrene (EPS) for November 2011 were up by nearly 22% from the same month in 2010, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.
US EPS imports rose to 12,981 tonnes from 10,666 tonnes in November 2010.
The Bahamas, Canada and Mexico were the principal sources of US EPS imports, together representing more than 90% of the material coming to the US.
EPS imports increased by 2.7% to 148,229 tonnes for the first 11 months of 2011, up from 144,371 tonnes during the same period of 2010.
US EPS exports fell by more than 7% in November to 6,718 tonnes, down from 7,238 tonnes in Novmber 2010, the commission said.
Mexico, Canada and Hong Kong 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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