06 May 2013 21:45 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US imports of polypropylene (PP) for March were up by 19% from the same month in 2012, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Monday.
US PP imports rose to 12,325 tonnes in March 2013 from 10,375 tonnes in 2012.
Korea, Canada, and Spain were responsible for the most PP imported into the US, together representing about 55% of imports. Imports from Korea and Spain rose, while imports from Canada fell.
US PP exports fell by nearly 9.5% in March to 77,348 tonnes, down from 85,447 tonnes in 2012.
Mexico, Canada and China were the top destinations for US PP exports, together representing 83% of exports. Exports to Mexico and China fell, while exports to Canada rose slightly.
Major North American PP producers include LyondellBasell, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Total, Formosa, Braskem Americas, Pinnacle Polymers, ConocoPhillips and Flint Hills Resources.
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