11 September 2012 22:11 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US imports of expandable polystyrene (EPS) for July were down by 6.6% from the same month in 2011, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday.
US EPS imports fell year on year to 14,563 tonnes in July 2012 from 15,594 tonnes in 2011.
The Bahamas, Canada and Mexico were responsible for the most EPS brought into the US, together representing more than 80% of imports. Imports from the Bahamas and Mexico decreased in July 2012 from July 2011, while imports from Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan and Germany increased.
US EPS exports fell by 3.1% in July to 6,580 tonnes, down from 6,791 tonnes in 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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