10 August 2012 21:05 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US imports of expandable polystyrene (EPS) for June were down by 2.2% from the same month in 2011, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.
US EPS imports fell to 14,095 tonnes in May 2012 from 14,416 tonnes in the same month of 2011.
The Bahamas, Canada and Korea were responsible for most EPS brought into the US, together representing nearly 80% of imports. Imports from the Bahamas, Canada and Korea increased in June 2012 from June 2011, but imports from Mexico, Taiwan, Japan and China fell.
US EPS exports fell by less than 1% in June to 7,307 tonnes, down from 7,324 tonnes in June 2011.
Mexico, Canada and Hong Kong were the top destinations for US EPS exports.
Major North American EPS producers are BASF, Nova Chemicals, Flint Hills Resources, Styrochem and Nexkemia.
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