HOUSTON (ICIS)--US July imports of ethyl acetate (etac) decreased by 14% from the same month a year ago, according to data made available this week by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).
The decrease was largely because of less material from South Africa and Brazil.
Month on month, imports were up by 16%.
Imports are down by 14% year to date, which can be attributed to fewer shipments from Mexico, South Africa and Brazil, compared to the same period in 2015.
US July exports of etac fell by 9% year on year, according to the data, largely because of less shipments to Mexico, Canada, Colombia and countries not listed individually in the report.
The decrease was partially offset by more cargoes of etac shipped to Brazil and Peru.
Month on month, exports rose by 81%.
Exports are down by 31% year to date, which can be attributed to less cargo shipped to South Korea, Brazil, Canada and other countries not listed individually in the report.
Major US suppliers of etac are Celanese, Eastman Chemical, Sasol and Solvay.