US caustic soda exports in October rise 12% year on year

12 December 2012 20:10  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US caustic soda exports in October rose 12% year on year, according to US International Trade Commission (ITC) data made available on Wednesday.


The US shipped 345,221 tonnes of caustic soda in October, compared with 307,091 tonnes shipped in the same month of 2011, the ITC said. However, October’s tonnage was 4% less than the 358,931 tonnes shipped in September.


Brazil led the countries that received US caustic soda in October, at 147,328 tonnes, a 29% increase over the same month a year before. It was followed by Canada (54,948 tonnes), Mexico (23,744 tonnes) and Chile (22,606 tonnes).


In the first 10 months of 2012, the US has shipped 3,455,340 tonnes of caustic soda, virtually unchanged from the 3,452,345 tonnes shipped during the same period of 2011.


Meanwhile, imports of caustic soda into the US in October were 60,737 tonnes, down more than half from the 132,824 tonnes received in the same month of 2011.


The top importer into the US was Canada at 13,738 tonnes, followed by Taiwan (10,030 tonnes), the Netherlands (9,495 tonnes) and Japan (9,338 tonnes).


Major producers of US caustic soda include Dow, Formosa Plastics, Georgia Gulf, Olin, OxyChem, PPG Industries and Shintech.

($1 = €0.77)

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