11 September 2012 23:11 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US exports of methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) in July were down by 50% from July 2011, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday.
Exports in July this year decreased to 1,160 tonnes from 2,309 tonnes in July last year.
Month on month, exports dropped by 31% to 1,160 tonnes from 1,679 tonnes in June, the ITC said.
In the seven months until 31 July, exports dropped by 38% to 7,006 tonnes from 11,352 tonnes in the first seven months of last year, according to the commission.
The decrease from 2011 to 2012 was a result of smaller volumes being shipped to Brazil and China.
Top destinations for US MDI in the first seven months of 2012 were Mexico (2,454 tonnes), Brazil (2,018 tonnes) and Venezuela (423 tonnes).
US MDI suppliers are Bayer MaterialScience, Huntsman, BASF and Dow Chemical.
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