09 November 2012 17:34 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US exports of polypropylene (PP) for September were down by 11% from the same month in 2011, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.
US PP exports fell to 85,016 tonnes in September 2012 from 95,434 tonnes in 2011.
Canada, Mexico and China were the top destinations for US PP exports, together representing 82% of the total volumes exported. Exports to Mexico and Canada fell, while exports to China increased slightly.
US PP imports decreased by 11% in September to 8,960 tonnes, down from 10,010 tonnes in 2011.
Mexico, Canada and France were responsible for the most PP imported into the US, together, representing more than 56% of the total volumes imported. Imports from Canada fell slightly, while imports from Mexico and France increased.
Major North American PP producers include LyondellBasell, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Total, Formosa Plastics, Braskem Americas, Pinnacle Polymers, Phillips 66 and Flint Hills Resources.
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