US Aug LDPE exports fell by 10% year on year

28 October 2013 17:22  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US low density polyethylene (LDPE) exports for August 2013 fell by 10% from the same month in 2012, according to data available from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Monday.

Exports of LDPE fell to 59,269  tonnes in August 2013 from 65,854 tonnes in 2012.

Canada, Mexico and China were the biggest customers with Canada taking 22% of US exports, a total of 13,176 tonnes, down 18% from the 16,091 tonnes the country took during the same month of 2012. Exports to Mexico and China rose, with Mexico taking nearly 20% of all exports, and China taking slightly more than 11% of all US exports.

US linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports for August decreased by 4.2% from the same month in 2012, falling to 58,704 tonnes from 61,287 tonnes in August 2012.

The top three destinations for US material were Mexico, Canada and Belgium, together taking 50% of US exports.

US high density polyethylene (HDPE) exports decreased by 7.4% year on year in August, falling to 152,435 tonnes in 2013 from 164,595 tonnes in August 2012, according to the ITC.

Mexico, Canada and Brazil were the top destinations for US material, together accounting for 64% of all US exports. Exports increased to Mexico, but decreased to Canada and Brazil.

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

 

US Exports in tonnes

Aug '12

Aug '13

% chg

YTD'12

YTD '13

%chg

HDPE

164,595

152,435

-7.4

1,135,544

1,245,864

9.7

LDPE

65,854

59,269

-10

456,536

470,958

3.2

LLDPE

61,287

58,704

-4.2

417,831

437,855

4.8

Source: USITC


By: Michelle Klump
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