US Nov HDPE exports fell by 15% year on year

09 January 2014 21:43  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US high density polyethylene (HDPE) exports for November 2013 fell by 15% from the same month in 2012, according to data available from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Thursday.

Exports of HDPE fell to 126,901 tonnes in November 2013 from 148,598  tonnes in 2012.

Mexico, Canada and Brazil purchased the most HDPE from the US, with Mexico taking 44% of exports for a total of 56,382 tonnes, which represented a 1.0% increase from the 55,819 tonnes the country took in November 2012. Exports to Canada fell slightly, while exports to Brazil increased slightly.

US linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports for November decreased by 3.6% from the same month in 2012, falling to 48,602 tonnes from 50,413 tonnes in November 2012.

Mexico, China and Brazil were the top destinations for US material, together accounting for 60% of all US exports.  Exports decreased to Mexico, but increased to China and Brazil.

US low density polyethylene (LDPE) exports increased by 7.0% year on year in November, rising to 54,564 tonnes in 2013 from 51,015 tonnes in November 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 decreased slightly, while the amount of material exported to Mexico and China increased.

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

US Exports in tonnes

Nov '12

Nov '13

% chg

YTD'12

YTD '13

%chg

HDPE

148,598

126,901

-15

1,580,311

1,621,778

2.6

LDPE

51,015

54,564

7.0

626,682

646,426

3.2

LLDPE

50,413

48,602

-3.6

574,271

590,707

2.9

 

 

 

Source: USITC


By: Michelle Klump
+1 713 525 2653



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