US Feb HDPE exports rose by 24% year on year

08 April 2013 21:10  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US high density polyethylene (HDPE) exports for February 2013 increased by 24% from the same month in 2012, according to data available from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Monday.

Exports of HDPE rose to 165,336 tonnes in Februry 2013 from 133,887 tonnes in 2012.

Mexico, Canada and Brazil purchased the most HDPE from the US, with Mexico taking 31% of exports for a total of 50,736 tonnes. Exports decreased to Canada, but increased by 82% for Brazil. China, Colombia, Israel, Chile, Peru, Turkey and Guatemala also saw increased exports for the month.  

US low density polyethylene (LDPE) exports for February increased by 3.5% from the same month in 2012, rising to 57,573 tonnes from 55,647 tonnes in February 2012.

The top three destinations for US material were Canada, Mexico and China, together accounting for 47% of exports.

US linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports increased by 4.1% year on year in February, rising to 50,048 tonnes in 2013 from 48,064 tonnes in February 2012, according to the ITC.

Mexico, Brazil and Canada were the top destinations for US material, together accounting for 49% of all US exports.  Imports fell to Canada and Mexico, but increased to Brazil.

Major US PE producers include Chevron Phillips Chemical, LyondellBasell, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, Westlake, INEOS, Total, Nova Chemicals and Formosa Plastics.

US Exports in tonnes

Feb '12

Feb '13

% chg

YTD'12

YTD '13

%chg

HDPE

133,887

165,336

24

271,505

350,852

29

LDPE

55,647

57,573

3.5

114,011

120,209

5.4

LLDPE

48,064

50,048

4.1

101,259

104,450

3.2

Source: USITC


By: Michelle Klump
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