US Sep LLDPE exports rose by 4.9% year on year

09 November 2012 18:03  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports for September increased by 4.9% from the same month in 2011, according to data available from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.

Exports of LLDPE rose to 55,685 tonnes in September 2012 from 53,078 tonnes in 2011.

Mexico, Canada and Brazil purchased the most LLDPE from the US, with Mexico taking more than 42% of exports for a total of 23,776 tonnes.

Exports to several Latin American countries, including Mexico, El Salvador, Argentina, Guatemala and Chile increased from September 2011 to 2012. However, exports to Canada, Brazil, China and Colombia fell during the same period. 

US low density polyethylene (LDPE) exports for September were virtually unchanged from the same month in 2011, falling to 60,259 tonnes from 60,262 tonnes in September 2011.

The top three destinations for US material were Canada, Mexico and China. Canada boosted its imports of US material to 17,164 tonnes from 14,141 tonnes in September 2011, while Mexico imported slightly less material than in September 2011. China's US imports declined to 4,196 tonnes in September 2012 from 6,039 tonnes during the same month of 2011.

US high density polyethylene (HDPE) exports rose by 2.2% year on year in September, rising to 141,221 tonnes in 2012 from 138,142 tonnes in September 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.

US Exports in tonnes

Sep '11

Sep '12

% chg

YTD'11

YTD '12

%chg

HDPE

138,142

141,221

2.2

1,269,018

1,276,765

0.6

LDPE

60,262

60,259

0

471,795

516,795

9.5

LLDPE

53,078

55,685

4.9

430,597

473,516

10

 

 

 

Source: USITC


By: Michelle Klump
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