US Sep HDPE exports fell by 12% year on year

19 November 2013 18:46  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US high density polyethylene (HDPE) exports for September 2013 fell by 12% from the same month in 2012, according to data available from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday.

Exports of HDPE fell to 123,757  tonnes in September 2013 from 141,221 tonnes in 2012.

Mexico, Canada and Brazil purchased the most HDPE from the US, with Mexico taking 38% of the exports for a total of 47,117 tonnes, which represented a 10% decrease from the 52,305 tonnes the country took in September 2012. Exports to Canada fell slightly, while exports to Brazil increased by 3.2%.

US linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports for September increased by 1.1% from the same month in 2012, rising to 56,318 tonnes from 55,685 tonnes in September 2012.

The top three destinations for US material were Mexico, Canada and Brazil, together taking 56% of its exports. The amount of material exported to Mexico fell, while exports to Canada and Brazil rose.

US low density polyethylene (LDPE) exports increased by 5.9% year on year in September, rising to 63,800 tonnes from 60,259 tonnes in September 2012, according to the ITC.

Canada, Mexico and China were the top destinations for US material, together accounting for 51% of all US exports. Exports decreased to Canada and Mexico but increased to China.  

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

 

US Exports in tonnes

Sep '12

Sep '13

% chg

YTD'12

YTD '13

%chg

HDPE

141,221

123,757

-12

1,276,765

1,369,621

7.3

LDPE

60,259

63,800

5.9

516,795

534,758

3.5

LLDPE

55,685

56,318

1.1

473,516

494,173

4.4

 

 

 

 

 

Source: USITC

 


By: Michelle Klump
+1 713 525 2653



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