28 October 2013 21:09 [Source: ICIS news]
NEW YORK (ICIS)--August US exports for propylene glycol (PG) declined 25% year on year, while imports climbed 76% in the same time period, according to trade data made available on Monday by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).
Year on year exports fell from 15,527 tonnes in August 2012 to 11,640 tonnes in August 2013.
Month on month exports exports, however, rose 24% or 2,241 tonnes from 9,399 tonnes in July to 11,640 tonnes in August.
Year on year August US imports rose from 1,009 tonnes in August 2012 to 1,771 tonnes in August 2013.
Month on month imports fell slightly by less than 1% or 10 tonnes from 1,781 tonnes in July to 1,771 tonnes in August.
PG is a feedstock for unsaturated polyester resins (UPR), cosmetics and personal care products, functional fluids and antifreezes, liquid detergents and dog food.
US producers include Archer Daniels Midland, Dow Chemical, Huntsman, LyondellBasell, and Lonza.
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