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Houston — US calcined and non-calcined petcoke exports for September totaled 2.54 million mt, down 25.5% from August and down 30.8% from the year-ago month, Census Bureau data showed.

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The impact of Hurricane Harvey on Texas refineries during the month dropped US petcoke exports to their lowest levels since November 2016, when they totaled 2.4 million mt.

On a year-to-date basis, petcoke exports have totaled 29 million mt through September, or 2% ahead of the same nine-month period in 2016.

Japan received the highest volume of US petcoke exports during the month, totaling 522,916 mt in September, up 76.8% from August and up 7% from the year-ago month, according to the data.

Mexico had the second largest volume of US exports at 326,733 mt in September, down 7.8% from August and down 30% from the year-ago month. India received 304,602 mt of US petcoke exports during the month, down 45.4% from August and down 59% from the year-ago month.


NEW ORLEANS LEADING PORT BY VOLUME


On the origination side, New Orleans had the highest volume of petcoke exports at 816,453 mt in September, down 22.4% from August and down 8.7% from the year-ago month.

Petcoke exports from the ports of Long Beach, California, totaled 468,793 mt in September, up 1.6% from August and up 25.5% from the year-ago month. Houston and Galveston, Texas, exports totaled 434,267 mt September, down 41.5% from August and down 49.4% from the year-ago month.

Port Arthur, Texas, totaled only 272,368 mt during the month, down 57.3% from the prior month and down 50.7% from the year-ago month.

--Jeffrey McDonald, jeffrey.mcdonald@spglobal.com

--Edited by Annie Siebert, ann.siebert@spglobal.com