10 February 2012 18:51 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US imports of expandable polystyrene (EPS) for 2011 were up by 4% from 2010, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.
US EPS imports rose to 161,491 tonnes from 155,720 tonnes in 2010.
The Bahamas, Canada and Mexico were the largest exporters of EPS into the US, together representing more than 90% of the material coming to the US.
Mexico sent 10% less material to the US in 2011 compared with 2010, while imports from Taiwan fell by 21% and from China they fell by 80% , according to the ITC.
US EPS exports rose by 8% in 2011 to 83,600 tonnes, up from 77,207 tonnes in 2010.
Mexico, Canada and Hong Kong were the top destinations for US EPS exports, with exports to Mexico rising by 36% in 2011, compared with 2010.
Major US EPS producers are BASF, Nova Chemicals, Flint Hills Resources, Styrochem and Nexkemia.
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