28 October 2013 16:39 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US exports of mixtures of 2,4- and 2,6-toluene di-isocyanates (TDI) in August 2013 were down by 42% from August 2012, according to data made available by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Monday.
TDI exports in August 2013 dropped to 11,576 tonnes from 20,036 tonnes in 2012.
Month on month, exports fell by 24% in August from 15,219 tonnes in July 2013, the ITC said.
Through August, exports declined by 13% to 80,656 tonnes, compared with 99,819 tonnes in the first eight months of 2012, according to the ITC.
The decrease from 2012 to 2013 was a result of smaller volumes being shipped to Belgium, Canada and Colombia.
Top destinations for US TDI so far in 2013 were Brazil (22,792 tonnes), Mexico (14,027 tonnes), Belgium (10,422 tonnes) and Canada (8,977 tonnes).
US TDI suppliers are Bayer MaterialScience, BASF and Dow Chemical.
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