11 February 2013 22:21 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US acetic acid exports in 2012 increased 21% over 2011, largely on increased shipments to Belgium and Spain, according to data released on Monday by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).
US acetic acid exports last year totalled just over 1m tonnes, compared with 904,047 tonnes in 2011.
Shipments to Belgium - the largest destination - totalled 442,325 tonnes, or roughly 41% of total exports, compared with 342,904 tonnes the previous year.
Shipments to Spain - the fourth largest destination - more than tripled to 67,436 tonnes compared with 19,266 tonnes in 2011, according to the ITC data.
Mexico was the second largest destination for US acetic acid, with 338,216 tonnes, and Brazil ranked third, with 128,405 tonnes.
Major US acetic acid sellers include BP, Celanese and Eastman Chemical.
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