US melamine imports up 15% for 2013 - ITC

10 February 2014 18:05  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US imported 37,292 tonnes of melamine in 2013, up 15% from 32,503 tonnes in 2012, according to data made available on Monday from the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

Trinidad was the top foreign provider of melamine for the year, with 11,983 tonnes imported into the US. This is down 30% from 17,140 tonnes in 2012, as production from the Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Limited (MHTL) facility was curtailed in October and November due to a turnaround. However, MHTL returned to production in late November, and 500 tonnes of melamine were imported from Trinidad in December 2013. Total melamine imports to the US for December 2013 were 2,673 tonnes.

China became an increasingly important source of melamine for the US in 2013, with 10,585 tonnes imported that year, up by 297% from 2,663 tonnes in 2012. According to ICIS’s plants and projects database, there are 34 operating melamine plants in China.

Other countries supplying melamine to the US in 2013 included the Netherlands with 7,306 tonnes, Germany with 4,774 tonnes and Qatar with 2,508 tonnes.

During 2013, the US exported 28,343 tonnes of melamine, down 14% from 32,906 tonnes in 2012. The US has one melamine producer, Cornerstone Chemical, with a facility in Waggaman, Louisiana.

A major destination of US melamine was the United Kingdom. For 2013, 11,683 tonnes of US melamine were exported to the UK, up 36% from 2012. Other major destinations for US melamine include Germany with 3,900 tonnes and Canada with 3,829 tonnes.

For December 2013, US melamine exports totalled 2,440 tonnes, down 28% year over year from 3,399 tonnes.



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Source: ITC


By: Matthew Donovan
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