09 January 2014 21:24 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US melamine imports were up more than 49% year over year in November 2013, with the country importing 3,701 tonnes, according to figures made available on Thursday by the International Trade Commission (ITC).
The November total was up from 2,476 tonnes the year prior and 2,124 tonnes in October 2013.
China was the top foreign provider in November, with the US importing 2,045 tonnes of Chinese melamine, up from 1,263 tonnes in October and 366 tonnes in November 2012. The US also imported 1,241 tonnes from the Netherlands in November 2013.
Melamine supply from China helped fill the gap left by the US’s top foreign supplier Trinidad. The US imported 11,483 tonnes from Trinidad during the first 11 months of 2013, but nothing during October and November due to a turnaround at the Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Limited (MHTL) facility.
Melamine import figures for 2013 through November totalled 34,619 tonnes, up about 13% from 30,614 tonnes from the same period in 2012.
Meanwhile, the US exported 2,125 tonnes of melamine in November 2013, down from 2,272 tonnes exported in October 2012 and 2,886 tonnes in November 2012. The majority of the November exports, 1,060 tonnes, was exported to the UK, followed by 300 tonnes to Italy and 277 tonnes to Canada.
Melamine exports for 2013 through November were 25,903 tonnes, down about 12% from 29,508 tonnes for the same period in 2012.
Cornerstone Chemical is the US’s only melamine manufacturer. It has a 75,000 tonne/year plant in Waggaman, Louisiana.
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