US August LLDPE exports rise by 15% year on year

12 October 2012 16:35  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports for August increased by 15% from the same month in 2011, according to data available from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.

Exports of LLDPE rose to 61,287 tonnes in August 2012 from 53,310 tonnes in 2011.

Mexico, China and Canada purchased the most LLDPE from the US, with Mexico taking more than 39% of exports for a total of 24,138 tonnes.

Exports to all countries apart from Canada, Chile and Singapore increased in 2012 from 2011, with exports to China rising by 48% from August 2011.

US low density polyethylene (LDPE) exports for August were up by 2.0% from the same month in 2011, rising to 65,854 tonnes from 64,553 tonnes in August 2011.

The top three destinations for US material were Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Canada boosted its imports of US material to 16,091 tonnes from 13,595 tonnes in August 2011, while Mexico imported 10% less material than in August 2011. China saw its US imports decline to 4,899 tonnes in August 2012 from 12,182 tonnes during the same month of 2011.

US high density polyethylene (HDPE) exports rose by 15% year on year in August, to 164,595 tonnes in 2012 from 143,308 tonnes in August 2011, according to the ITC.

Mexico, Canada and Brazil were the top destinations for US material, accounting for more than one-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.

US Exports in tonnes

Aug '11

Aug '12

% chg

YTD'11

YTD '12

%chg

HDPE

143,308

164,595

14.9

1,130,876

1,135,544

0.4

LDPE

64,553

65,854

2.0

411,533

456,536

10.9

LLDPE

53,310

61,287

15.0

377,519

417,831

10.7

 

 

 

Source: USITC


By: Michelle Klump
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