US caustic soda exports in November up 14% year on year - ITC

14 January 2013 22:00  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US caustic soda exports in November rose 14% year on year, according to US International Trade Commission (ITC) data released on Monday.

The US shipped 344,032 tonnes of caustic soda in November, compared with 300,863 tonnes shipped in the same month of 2011, the ITC said. November’s shipments were slightly lower than the 345,221 tonnes shipped in October.

Brazil, Jamaica and Mexico were the leading destinations for US caustic soda in November, with Brazil receiving 148,042 tonnes, essetinally flat from the 149,577 tonnes it received in the same month a year earlier.

Jamaica received 49,537 tonnes in November, more than double the 19,697 tonnes it received in the same month of 2011. Mexico recived 36,013 toones, more than double what it received in November 2011.

In the first 11 months of 2012, the US shipped 3,799,372 tonnes of caustic soda, just 1% higher than the 3,753,208 tonnes shipped during the same period a year earlier.

Meanwhile, imports of caustic soda into the US in November were 88,717 tonnes in November, 18% less than 107,805 tonnes received in the same month of 2011.

The top importer into the US was Canada at 21,087 tonnes, followed by Korea (21,087 tonnes), Taiwain (14,454 tonnes) and China (10,791 tonnes).

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

($1 = €0.75)

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