US styrene exports up 56%, imports drop 38%

08 June 2012 23:07  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US April 2012 styrene exports were higher, while imports fell from the same month a year earlier, according to data issued on Friday by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

April styrene exports were at 145,412 tonnes, up by 56% or 52,460 tonnes from 92,952 tonnes in April 2011.

The April exports were down, however, by 6,631 tonnes or 4% from 152,043 tonnes in March.

The top three destinations for US styrene in April were Brazil, China and Colombia.

Meanwhile, April 2012 styrene imports were at 34,671 tonnes, down by 38%, or 21,418 tonnes, from 56,089 tonnes the same time a year earlier. The April 2012 imports were also down by 27%, or 13,126 tonnes, from 47,797 tonnes in March.

Canada was the only source of US styrene imports in April.

Shell Canada has a 450,000 tonne/year styrene plant in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, while Styrolution has a 455,000 tonne/year styrene production facility in Sarnia, Ontario.

By: Brian Balboa
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