US LLDPE exports for 2013 rose by 6.3% - ITC

10 February 2014 17:31  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports for the full year of 2013 rose by 6.3% over the same period in 2012, according to data available from the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Monday.

Exports of LLDPE rose to 667,201 tonnes for 2013 from 627,710 tonnes for 2012.

Mexico, China and Canada purchased the most LLDPE from the US during the year, with Mexico taking 36% of exports, which represents a 5.9% decrease from the 251,926 tonnes the country took for all of 2012. Exports to China increased by 43% from 2012, while exports to Canada rose by 23%.

US low density polyethylene (LDPE) exports increased by 3.3% year on year in 2013, rising to 707,834 tonnes in 2013 from 685,274 tonnes in 2012, according to the ITC.

The top three destinations for US material were Canada, Mexico and China, together taking 51% of exports for the year. The amount of material exported to Canada decreased by 14%, while the amount of material exported to Mexico and China increased by 14% and 39% respectively.

US high density polyethylene (HDPE) exports increased by less than 1% in 2013, rising to 1.75m tonnes in 2013 from 1.74m tonnes in 2012, according to the ITC.

The top three destinations for US material were Mexico, Canada and Brazil, together taking 62% of exports for the year. The amount of material exported to Mexico and Brazil increased, while the amount of material exported to Canada fell slightly.  

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

US Exports in tonnes

Dec '12

Dec '13

% chg

YTD'12

YTD '13

%chg

HDPE

163,449

132,906

-18

1,743,760

1,754,684

0.6

LDPE

58,592

61,408

4.8

685,274

707,834

3.3

LLDPE

53,438

76,493

43

627,710

667,201

6.3

 

 

 

Source: USITC

 


By: Michelle Klump
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