US June LDPE exports rose by 11% year on year

08 August 2013 22:45  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US low density polyethylene (LDPE) exports for June 2013 increased by 11% from the same month in 2012, according to data available from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Thursday.

Exports of LDPE rose to 60,579 tonnes in June 2013 from 54,795 tonnes in 2012.

Canada, Mexico and China  purchased the most LDPE from the US, with Canada taking 23% of exports for a total of 13,856 tonnes, which represented a 21% decrease from the 17,629 tonnes the country took during the same month of 2012. Exports to Mexico and China rose, with Mexico taking nearly 18% of all exports, and China taking nearly 8% of all US exports.

US linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports for June increased by 4.8% from the same month in 2012, rising to 55,490 tonnes from 52,927 tonnes in June 2012.

The top three destinations for US material were Mexico, Brazil and China, together taking 49% of exports.

US high density polyethylene (HDPE) exports decreased by 6.3% year on year in June, falling to 144,376 tonnes in 2013 from 154,154 tonnes in June 2012, according to the ITC.

Mexico, Canada and Brazil were the top destinations for US material, together accounting for 63% of all US exports.  Exports increased to Mexico, but decreased to Canada and Brazil. US exports to China increased by more than 70% in June 2013 as compared to June 2012.

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

 

US Exports in tonnes

June '12

June '13

% chg

YTD'12

YTD '13

%chg

HDPE

154,154

144,376

-6.3

806,143

956,726

19

LDPE

54,795

60,579

11

325,320

351,079

8

LLDPE

52,927

55,490

4.8

288,510

322,329

12

Source: USITC

 


By: Michelle Klump
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