08 July 2013 20:58 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) imports saw a 70% increase year on year in May, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) Monday.
Imports increased from 5,932 tonnes in May 2012 to 10,057 tonnes May 2013. Year to date, imports increased 14% from the same period in 2012.
Most of the MEK import came from the United Kingdom, which almost tripled from 7,963 tonnes of imported MEK year to date in 2012 to 21,738 tonnes during the same period this year.
The other large MEK import country was South Africa, which saw a 57% year-on-year increase in MEK imports in May.
MEK exports also saw an increase. Overall, MEK exports in May were up 11% year-on-year. The country that saw the largest increase in MEK export was Mexico, which was up 26% year-on-year. Exports to that country rose from 1,366 tonnes in May 2012 to 1,514 tonnes in May 2013.
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