13 April 2012 19:38 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US imports of expandable polystyrene (EPS) for February were up by 24% from the same month in 2011, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.
US EPS imports rose to 16,014 tonnes in February 2012 from 12,877 tonnes in 2011.
The Bahamas, Canada and Mexico were responsible for the most EPS imported to the US, together representing more than half of imports.
Canada sent 51% more material to the US in February 2012, compared with the same month of 2011, while material from Mexico, Korea, Taiwan and China also grew, according to the ITC.
US EPS exports fell by 7% in February to 5,928 tonnes from 6,399 tonnes in 2011.
Mexico, Canada and El Salvador 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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