US Oct HDPE exports rose by 26% year on year

12 December 2012 17:34  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US high density polyethylene (HDPE) exports for October increased by 26% from the same month in 2011, according to data available from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesday.

Exports of HDPE rose to 154,949 tonnes in October 2012 from 123,149 tonnes in 2011.

Mexico, Canada and Brazil purchased the most HDPE from the US, with Mexico taking 41% of exports for a total of 63,881 tonnes. Exports to every major country increased.

US low density polyethylene (LDPE) exports for October increased by 16% from the same month in 2011, rising to 58,871 tonnes from 50,793 tonnes in October 2011.

The top three destinations for US material were Canada, Mexico and China. Canada boosted its imports of US material to 15,996 tonnes from 12,870 tonnes in October 2011, while Mexico imported 10,490 tonnes, up from 8,295 tonnes in October 2011.  China saw its US imports rise to 5,671 tonnes in October 2012 from 4,078 tonnes  during the same month of 2011.

US linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports rose by 18% year on year in October, rising to 50,342 tonnes in 2012 from 42,693 tonnes in October 2011, according to the ITC.

Canada, Mexico and China 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

Oct '11

Oct '12

% chg

YTD'11

YTD '12

%chg

HDPE

123,149

154,949

26

1,392,167

1,431,713

2.8

LDPE

50,793

58,871

16

522,588

575,667

10

LLDPE

42,693

50,342

18

473,289

523,858

11

 

 

 

Source: USITC


By: Michelle Klump
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