US March HDPE exports fall by 24% year on year

10 May 2012 18:55  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US high density polyethylene (HDPE) exports for March were down by 24% from the same month in 2011, according to data available from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Thursday.

Exports of HDPE fell to 130,084 tonnes in March from 171,058 tonnes in the same month of 2011.

Canada, Mexico and Colombia purchased the most HDPE exported from the US, together taking more than half of all US exports.

US linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports for March were down 18.5% from the same month in 2011, falling to 47,400 tonnes from 58,183 tonnes in March 2011.

Mexico took 19,386 tonnes of US LLDPE, while China took 3,897 tonnes and Canada took 3,322 tonnes.

US low density polyethylene (LDPE) exports fell by less than 1% year on year in March, falling to 54,333 tonnes in 2012 from 54,366 tonnes in March 2011, according to the ITC.

Mexico, Canada and Hong Kong, were the largest importers of US LDPE material.

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

US Exports in tonnes

Mar '11

Mar  '12

% chg

YTD'11

YTD '12

%chg

HDPE

171,058

130,084

 -24

459,987

401,589

-13

LDPE

54,366

54,333

 -0.06

145,117

168,344

16

LLDPE

58,183

47,400

 -18.5

137,636

148,659

8

 

 

 

 

Source: USITC


By: Michelle Klump
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