08 March 2013 17:12 [Source: ICIS news]
Imports increased to 11,325 tonnes from 9,949 tonnes in January 2012, according to the ITC.
The biggest factors contributing to the rise were imports from Korea, which rose 83%, as well as Taiwan, which shipped 25% more product to the US.
US ABS exports fell 1% to 6,614 tonnes from 6,663 tonnes a year ago.
The sharpest drop in January was in shipments to Canada, which fell 12% to 2,301 tonnes from 2,604 tonnes a year ago.
US producers of ABS include INEOS ABS, Network Polymers, SABIC Innovative Plastics and Styron, and collectively they have an annual capacity of 842,500 tonnes.
($1 = €0.76)
Reporting by: Mark Yost
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