US NBA exports take a dip in March

09 May 2014 22:05 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US exports of n-butanol (NBA) took a sharp drop in March 2014, according to data available on Friday from the US International Trade Commission. US exports of the oxo-alcohol were at 6,888 tonnes in March, down by 60.1% from February and 73.6% from March 2013.

US NBA exports were down 47% year-over-year in January and up 23% from February.

In March, the US exported 2,2621 tonnes to Saudi Arabia, 2,208 tonnes to Mexico and 1,148 tonnes to Brazil.

NBA producers in the US are BASF, Dow Chemical, Eastman Chemical, Oxea, Sasol and TexMark Chemicals.

The US imports very little NBA, though the amount was on the rise in March. The US took in 654 tonnes in that month, almost all from South Africa. This was up 92.9% from February and more than 11 times the amount imported in March 2013.

US March butanol trade in tonnes 

NBA

March ‘13

March ‘14

% chg

YTD ‘13

YTD ‘14

% chg

US exports in tonnes

26,070

6,888

-73.6

63,559

36,545

-42.5

US imports in tonnes

57

654

1,047.3

1,256

1,998

59%

Source: US International Trade Commission

By Matthew Donovan