06 September 2013 22:01 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US polyvinyl chloride (PVC) exports dropped by 16% in July over the same month in 2012, according to US International Trade Commission (ITC) data made available on Friday.
US producers shipped 245,276 tonnes of PVC in July, compared with 291,310 tonnes in July 2012, the ITC said.
July’s figure was 14% lower than June shipments of 285,977 tonnes.
Year to date, the US has exported 1,791,646 tonnes of PVC, 9% higher than the 1,642,747 tonnes exported in the first seven months of 2012.
Canada, Mexico, Turkey, China and Russia are the top destinations for US PVC year to date.
Meanwhile, imports of PVC into the US in July were 23,226 tonnes, up by 19% from the 19,500 tonnes received in the same month in 2012, and up by 25% from the 18,582 tonnes received in June.
Canada was the top supplier of PVC into the US in June, at 16,766 tonnes. It was followed by Germany (2,088 tonnes) and Colombia (1,391).
The most notable year to date change has been Colombia, which has shipped 29% less PVC to the US in 2013 than in 2012.
Major US PVC producers include Axiall, Westlake, Occidental Chemical, Formosa, and Shintech.
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