08 June 2012 18:52 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US imports of expandable polystyrene (EPS) for April were up by 21% from the same month in 2011, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.
US EPS imports rose to 15,203 tonnes in April 2012 from 12,518 tonnes in 2011.
The Bahamas, Canada and Korea were responsible for the most EPS received by the US, together representing nearly 80% of imports. All three countries increased their imports to the US, while Mexico saw shipments to the US decrease by 44% from April 2011 to April 2012.
US EPS exports fell by 7.9% in April to 5,822 tonnes, down from 6,328 tonnes in 2011.
Mexico, Canada and Hong Kong 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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