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US Imports of Propylene Polymers Climb as Exports Drop

The US imported 577,000 tons of propylene polymers through October, 2018, up 39% from the same period in 2017. US exports of these polymers were down 13% through October, to 1.5 million tons.

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Surge in US Exports of LNG to Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Europe

The United States exported nearly 7 million tons of liquefied natural gas through June 2017, versus minor volumes in the same period in 2016. Shipments were global, with large volumes to all regions except Africa. As US exports to Western Europe and Latin America increased, shipments from the Middle East and Africa to those regions dropped.

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Mexico’s Polyethylene Trade

Mexico’s exports of HDPE rose sharply in the second quarter of 2016, while exports of L/LLDPE continued a gradual upward trend. Imports of both polymers also trended higher.  Major shifts in imports and exports are expected as Braskem Idesa’s new plant ramps up.  Continue reading

HDPE: Current Global Trade Trends

The volume of HDPE polymer traded globally, 7.3 million tons, was up 5% through May, 2015, based on reporting countries. Among the top exporting regions, shipments from the Middle East, Western Europe and Asia-Pacific increased; North America’s were down; markets shifted between exporters.  Continue reading

Propylene Copolymers – Major Trade Trends in 2014

ITP’s analysis of global trade in propylene copolymers – olefin polymers in which propylene is the predominant comonomer by weight, excluding homopolymer – indicates a 4% increase in the volume of polymer traded in 2014 versus 2013, to 7.9 million tons. Trends in global trade volume generally indicate trends in global demand.

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Weak P-Xylene Demand in Western Europe Evidenced by Reduced Intra-regional Trade; Low Imports; High Exports

Continued weak demand for p-xylene in Western Europe was apparent from the 37% drop in the region’s intra-regional trade, the 23% drop in imports, and the 72% increase in exports through September 2014, based on reporting countries.   Continue reading