US July PVC exports rise 43.6% year on year

11 September 2012 23:07  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US polyvinyl chloride (PVC) exports were 291,310 tonnes in July, up 43.6% percent from the same month a year earlier, according to US International Trade Commission (ITC) data released on Tuesday.

Exports in July were also 28.4% higher than the 226,857 tonnes shipped in June, the ITC said.

According to market sources, while domestic demand for PVC has been flat in recent months, export demand has remained fairly healthy.

China was the top destination for US PVC exports in July at 44,047 tonnes, followed by Canada, Russia and Turkey.

Major US PVC producers include Westlake Chemical, Occidental Chemical, Formosa Plastics, Shintech and Georgia Gulf.

($1 = €0.78)

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