08 July 2013 21:09 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US imports of polypropylene (PP) for May were down by 19% from the same month in 2012, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Monday.
US PP imports fell to 8,010 tonnes in May 2013 from 9,944 tonnes in 2012.
Canada, Mexico and Korea were responsible for the most PP imported into the US, together representing about 66% of imports. Imports from Canada and Mexico fell, while imports from Korea rose slightly.
US PP exports rose by 8% in May to 95,787 tonnes, up from 88,684 tonnes in 2012.
Mexico, Canada and China were the top destinations for US PP exports, together representing 82% of exports. Exports to Mexico and Canada rose, while exports to China fell 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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