11 February 2013 21:59 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US caustic soda exports in December were 388,890 tonnes, a neglible 0.7% more than the 386,279 tonnes shipped in same month of 2011, according to US International Trade Commission (ITC) data released on Monday.
Similarly, the total PVC exports in 2012, 4,188,262 tonnes, was a mere 1.2% increase over the 4,139,487 tonnes shipped in 2011.
December’s PVC shipments were 13% more than the 344,032 tonnes shipped in November.
Brazil was the top destination for US PVC in December at 190,000 tonnes, down 8.4% from 207,370 tonnes it received the same month a year earlier. Brazil was also the top country for US exports in 2012 by far, at 1,840,165 tonnes, up 2.2% over the 1,801,362 tonnes shipped in 2011.
Canada received 42,082 tonnes in December, up 12% year on year. Suriname received 29,420 tonnes in December, down 13% year on year.
Meanwhile, imports of caustic soda into the US in December were 84,706 tonnes, down 11% from the 95,697 tonnes received in the same month of 2011.
Total imports of caustic soda in 2012 were 1,127,627 tonnes, down 31% from the 1,644,977 tonnes imorted in 2011.
Canada was the top importer of caustic soda into the US in December at 23,325 tonnes, up 19% from the 19,680 tonnes that country shipped in the same month a year earlier.
It was followed by Korea (21,274 tonnes), the Netherlands (12,112 tonnes) and China (10,185 tonnes).
Major producers of US caustic soda include Dow, Formosa Plastics, Axiall, Olin, OxyChem and Shintech.
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