US November VAM exports soar 68% on shipments to Belgium, Brazil

09 January 2014 22:38  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)—US VAM exports in November soared on increased shipments to Belgium and Brazil, according to data released on Thursday by the US International Trade Commission.

The big increase reflects a tightening of supply in Europe because of VAM plant closures, and the resulting dependence on US imports both on the Continent and in Latin America.

Belgium historically has been the top export destination for US VAM.

US VAM producers include Celanese, DuPont, Dow and LyondellBasell.

US vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) exports in November 2013

US VAM

Nov-13

Nov-12

% chg

YTD 2013

YTD 2012

% chg

Total

60,411

35,880

68.37%

496,350

449,546

10.41%

Belgium

36,300

6,927

424.04%

167,348

105,676

58.36%

Mexico

6,923

6,504

6.44%

64,029

68,496

-6.52%

Brazil

4,194

2,974

41.02%

48,607

59,402

-18.17%

Canada

3,984

4,735

-15.86%

47,944

52,992

-9.53%

Source: US International Trade Commission


By: Lane Kelley
+1 713 525 2653



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