US melamine imports jump 39% year over year in Sept – ITC

19 November 2013 20:46  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US melamine imports for September jumped almost 39% from the same month a year ago, according to data made available on Tuesday by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

Imports rose to 4,102 tonnes from 2,961 tonnes in September 2012.

The increase was due to continued large shipments from Qatar (1,108 tonnes) and China (891 tonnes) in September 2013. The Netherlands also sent 861 tonnes of melamine to the US, while Trinidad & Tobago shipped 680 tonnes and Germany 543 tonnes.

Month-on-month, US melamine exports fell about 23% from 5,328 tonnes in August.

US exports of melamine fell about 29% year over year to 1,883 tonnes in September from 2,659 tonnes the year prior.

The month-on-month decline was about 23% from 2,452 tonnes in August.

The UK was the leading recipient of US product in September with 640 tonnes, followed by Canada at 406 tonnes and Norway at 340 tonnes.

The only US producer of melamine is Cornerstone Chemical, which has a 75,000 tonne/year plant in Waggaman, Louisiana.

The US market is also served by the ammonia-urea-melamine plant owned by Methanol Holdings Trinidad, whose product is marketed in the US by Southern Chemical; Germany-based Borealis Agrolinz Melamine; and OCI Melamine, which has plants in the Netherlands and China.

US melamine imports

Sep-12

Aug-13

Sep-13

YTD 2012

YTD 2013

Total

2,961

5,328

4,102

25,199

28,794

US melamine exports

Sep-12

Aug-13

Sep-13

YTD 2012

YTD 2013

Total

2,659

2,452

1,883

23,843

21,506


By: Jeremy Pafford
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