08 July 2013 20:47 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US exports of methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) in May 2013 were down by 38% from 2012, according to data made available by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Monday.
MDI exports in May 2013 decreased to 729 tonnes from 1,176 tonnes in 2012.
Month on month, exports were down by 30% in May from 1,036 tonnes in April 2013, the ITC said.
Through May, however, exports increased by 10% to 4,591 tonnes, compared with 4,166 tonnes in the first five months of 2012, according to the ITC.
The increase from 2012 to 2013 was a result of larger volumes being shipped to Brazil, Taiwan and Argentina.
Top destinations for US MDI in 2013 were Mexico (1,645 tonnes), Brazil (1,092 tonnes), and Taiwan (488 tonnes).
US MDI suppliers are Bayer MaterialScience, Huntsman, BASF and Dow Chemical.
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