11 July 2012 20:32 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US imports of polypropylene (PP) for May were up by 7.3% from the same month in 2011, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesday.
US PP imports rose to 9,944 tonnes in May 2012 from 9,265 tonnes in 2011.
Canada, South Korea and Mexico were responsible for the most PP brought into the US, together representing more than half of imports.
Imports from Mexico increased from May 2011, while imports from Canada and Korea fell.
US PP exports fell by 4% in May to 88,684 tonnes, down from 92,380 tonnes in 2011.
Mexico, Canada and China were the top destinations for US PP exports.
Major North American PP producers include LyondellBasell, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Total, Formosa Plastics, Braskem Americas, Pinnacle Polymers, Phillips 66 and Flint Hills Resources.
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