US Oct HDPE exports fell by 19% year over year - ITC

11 December 2013 21:00  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US high density polyethylene (HDPE) exports for October 2013 fell by 19% from the same month in 2012, according to data available from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesday.

Exports of HDPE fell to 125,255  tonnes in October 2013 from 159,949 tonnes in 2012.

Mexico, Canada and Brazil purchased the most HDPE from the US, with Mexico taking 39% of exports for a total of 49,263 tonnes, which represented a 23% decrease from the 63,881 tonnes the country took in October 2012. Exports to Canada fell slightly, while exports to Brazil increased slightly.

US linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports for October decreased by 4.8% from the same month in 2012, falling to 47,933 tonnes from 50,342 tonnes in October 2012.

Mexico, Canada and Brazil were the top destinations for US material, together accounting for 61% of all US exports.  Exports decreased to Mexico, but increased to Canada and Brazil.

US low density polyethylene (LDPE) exports decreased by 3% year on year in October, falling to 57,105 tonnes in 2013 from 58,871 tonnes in October 2012, according to the ITC.

The top three destinations for US material were Canada, Mexico and China, together taking 56% of exports. The amount of material exported to Canada and Mexico increased slightly, while the amount of material exported to China fell.

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

 

US Exports in tonnes

Oct '12

Oct '13

% chg

YTD'12

YTD '13

%chg

HDPE

154,949

125,255

-19

1,431,713

1,494,877

4.4

LDPE

58,871

57,105

-3.0

575,667

591,862

2.8

LLDPE

50,342

47,933

-4.8

523,858

542,106

3.5

 

 

 

 

 

Source: USITC


By: Michelle Klump
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