US April HDPE exports rose by 31% year on year

06 June 2013 20:52  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US high density polyethylene (HDPE) exports for April 2013 increased by 31% from the same month in 2012, according to data available from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Thursday

Exports of HDPE rose to 144,253 tonnes in April 2013 from 110,454 tonnes in 2012.

Mexico, Canada and Brazil purchased the most HDPE from the US, with Mexico taking 36% of exports for a total of 51,479 tonnes. Exports more than tripled to Brazil, rising to 15,445 tonnes in April 2013 from 4,370 tonnes in April 2012.   

US low density polyethylene (LDPE) exports for April increased by 8.6% from the same month in 2012, rising to 54.727 tonnes from 50,412 tonnes in April 2012.

The top three destinations for US material were Canada, Mexico and Brazil, together taking 51% of exports.

US linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports increased by 13% year on year in April, rising to 47,900 tonnes in 2013 from 42,263 tonnes in April 2012, according to the ITC.

Mexico, Canada and Belgium were the top destinations for US material, together accounting for 50% of all US exports.  Imports increased for all three countries.

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

US Exports in tonnes

Apr '12

Apr '13

% chg

YTD'12

YTD '13

%chg

HDPE

110,454

144,253

31

512,042

661,580

29

LDPE

50,412

54,727

8.6

218,756

234,534

7.2

LLDPE

42,263

47,900

13

190,922

212,408

11

 

 

 

Source: USITC


By: Michelle Klump
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