11 September 2012 22:22 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports for July increased by 36.8% from the same month in 2011, according to data available from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday.
Exports of LLDPE rose to 68,034 tonnes in July 2012 from 49,719 tonnes in 2011.
Mexico, Singapore and Canada purchased the most LLDPE from the US, with Mexico taking nearly 29% of exports for a total of 19,563 tonnes.
Exports to all countries, apart from China, increased significantly from 2011 to 2012, with Singapore taking more than 60% more than in July 2011.
US low density polyethylene (LDPE) exports for July were up by 34.9% from the same month in 2011, rising to 65,362 tonnes from 48,469 tonnes in July 2011.
The top three destinations for US material were Canada, Mexico and China. Canada boosted its imports of US material to 20,227 tonnes from 11,822 tonnes in July 2011, while Mexico imported slightly less material than in July 2011. China saw its US imports decline to 4,786 tonnes in July 2012 from 6,145 tonnes during the same month of 2011.
US high density polyethylene (HDPE) exports rose by 31.1% year on year in July, rising to 164,806 tonnes in 2012 from 125,720 tonnes in July 2011, according to the ITC.
Mexico Canada and Brazil were the top destinations for US material, together accounting for more than half of all US exports.
Major US PE producers include Chevron Phillips Chemical, LyondellBasell, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, Westlake, INEOS, Total, NOVA Chemicals and Formosa Plastics.
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