13 January 2012 20:33 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Exports of US acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) in November were up 1.6% while imports were down 8.5%, year on year, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.
November exports increased to 5,850 tonnes from 5,756 tonnes in the same month of 2010, while imports decreased to 8,012 tonnes from 8,752 tonnes in November 2010.
Imports in October 2011 accounted for 8,763 tonnes, while exports involved 6,025 tonnes.
The year-to-date figure through November 2011 showed 115,633 tonnes imported, compared with 125,574 tonnes for the same period in 2010, a decrease of 7.9%, according to the commission.
Exports, on the other hand, amounted to 78,167 in 2011 through November, down from 89,752 tonnes for the same period in 2010, a decrease of 12.9%.
The top US ABS export destinations in November 2011 were Mexico and Canada, with 2,361 tonnes and 2,053 tonnes exported, respectively. Those countries also were the largest destinations in both 2010 and 2011 through November.
The largest discrepancies, year on year, of the import data was 740 fewer tonnes imported from Mexico. On the export side of the ledger, there were 575 more tonnes exported to Canada, year on year.
For the year, Mexico has received the most US ABS with 30,178 tonnes exported. The next largest importer of US ABS for 2011 through November was Canada at 27,296 tonnes.
US producers of ABS include Network & Diamond Polymers, INEOS ABS, SABIC Innovative Plastics and Styron.
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