US ABS January imports rose 14% year on year – ITC

08 March 2013 17:12  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) imports for January rose by 14% year on year, according to data made available by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.

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

By: Staff Reporter
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