28 October 2013 16:40 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US styrene exports and imports in August were up from a year ago, according to data released on Monday by the US International Trade Commission.
The increase in exports and imports came as US styrene spot prices rebounded in the third quarter alongside feedstock benzene prices.
August 2013 styrene exports were at 145,002 tonnes, up by 50% from 96,880 tonne in August 2012.
Total 2013 year-to-date exports were at 1.2m tonnes, up by 14% from the same year-to-date time frame last year
August 2013 styrene imports were at 49,223 tonnes, more than doubled from 23,687 tonnes from August 2012.
Year-to-date styrene imports were at 414,078 tonnes, up by 26% from 328,272 tonnes the same time a year earlier.
Canada is still the primary exporter of styrene to the US, with Shell Canada and Styrolution having production units in that country with a combined capacity of just under 1m tones/year.
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