US 2011 LLDPE exports fall 14% year on year

10 February 2012 18:49  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports for 2011 were down by 14% year on year from 2010, according to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.

Exports of LLDPE fell to 585,597 tonnes in 2011 from 679,033 tonnes in 2010.

Mexico took 198,924 tonnes of US LLDPE in 2011, an increase of 2% from 2010. However, Canada reduced consumption from the US by 9%, falling to 54,336 in 2011.

China took 55% less, Chile took 20% less and Brazil and Peru each took 24% less in 2011 than in 2010.

US low density polyethylene (LDPE) exports fell by 3% to 629,985 tonnes in 2011, compared with 648,497 tonnes in 2010, according to the ITC.

Canada, Mexico and China purchased the most LDPE exported from the US, together taking more than half of all US exports for 2011. Canada purchased 5% less, taking 168,880 tonnes in 2011, down from 177,397 tonnes in 2010.

US high density polyethylene (HDPE) exports fell by 1% to 1,697,237 tonnes in 2011, compared with 1,722,413 tonnes in 2010, the ITC said.

Mexico, Canada and Brazil were the largest importers of US HDPE material in 2011, with Mexico purchasing 1% more HDPE in 2011 than in 2010, Canada purchasing 13% more and Brazil purchasing 10% less. China saw US exports decrease by 32% in 2011 from 2010.

Exports for all three grades of polyethylene rose significantly in December 2011 compared with December 2010, with HDPE exports increasing by 25%, LDPE exports increasing by 12% and LLDPE exports increasing by 32% during that period.

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

US Exports in tonnes

Dec '10

Dec  '11

% chg

YTD'10

YTD '11

%chg

HDPE

131,875

164,208

25%

1,722,413

1,697,237

-1%

LDPE

49,681

55,691

12%

648,497

629,985

-3%

LLDPE

44,769

59,026

32%

679,033

585,597

-14%

 

 

 

Source: USITC

 

 





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