US March butadiene imports increase by 3.0% year on year

09 May 2014 22:12 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US March imports of butadiene (BD) rose by 3% year on year, according to government trade data made available on Friday.

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) reported that there were large increases of BD imports from Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Brazil and the UK.

Month on month, March BD imports rose by 26% from February.

With high prices for BD in the US, buyers had sought opportunities for imports from suppliers in other regions, including Asia, where BD prices had been pressured down because of oversupply.

Major US BD producers include ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell, Shell Chemical and TPC Group.

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US BD Imports (in tonnes)

 

Mar-14

Mar-13

Feb-14

YTD 2014

Total

50,925

49,456

41,895

134,119

Saudi Arabia

9,902

2,104

12,235

27,198

Netherlands

9,665

4,750

3,615

16,102

Canada

8,454

8,307

6,839

23,520

Iraq

6,252

9,688

1,244

9,073

Brazil

6,098

1,924

5,456

14,365

Venezuela

3,318

9,447

5,107

9,885

Kuwait

2,707

3,950

6,150

20,606

United Kingdom

2,499

0

0

7,594

Germany

1,050

5,520

1,249

4,795

Ecuador

980

0

0

980

All others

0

3,768

0

0

 

By Tracy Dang