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US PVC scrap exports drop on less to China, Hong Kong

HOUSTON, July 13, 2017 (PCW) -- US exports of PVC scrap totaled 82,360 mt in Jan-May 2017, down 20,305 mt or 19.8% from Jan-May 2016, the latest US Commerce Department data show.

Exports to the top two destinations, China and Hong Kong, collectively fell 24%. Exports to China totaled 38,110 mt in Jan-May 2017, down 13,006 mt or 25%, and to Hong Kong they were 22,334 mt, down 6,512 mt or 23% from Jan-May 2016.

Exports in the first five months of 2017 went to 25 countries and varied in quantity from a few kg to thousands of MT. Exports to Yemen, for instance, totaled 7 mt in Jan-May 2016 and none in the 2017 period. -- Xavier A. Cronin

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