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US PET resin imports steady through July, higher from Mexico, S Korea
HOUSTON, September 6, 2017 (PCW) – US PET resin imports through Jul totaled 403,089 metric tons, up 2,319 mt or 0.6% from Jan-Jul 2016, the latest USA Trade Online data show. Imports came from 39 countries in the first seven months of 2017.
Mexico remained the top source of PET resin imports at 171,947 mt in Jan-Jul 2017—43% of the total -- up 29,481 mt or 21% from the 2016 period. Imports from South Korea, number six in import volume, totaled 24,730 mt in Jan-Jul 2017, up 10,657 mt or 76%. Imports from Taiwan, number two in volume, totaled 57,568 mt in Jan-Jul 2017, down 1,687 mt or 3% from Jan-Jul 2016.
Haiti emerged this year as a source of PET, with 77 mt imported through Jul compared to zero in Jan-Jul 2016. – Xavier A. Cronin