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Mexico remains top destination of US orthoxylene in June: USITC

Houston — Orthoxylene exports from the US totaled 4,620 mt in June, with Mexico importing the lion's share, according to the latest available US International Trade Commission data.

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The June exports were down by 6,339 mt, or 58%, on the month, but up by 1,975 mt, or 75%, year on year.

Latin America took 4,615 mt, or nearly 100%, of the total US June OX exports, the data showed Thursday. Mexico took 4,613 mt, remaining the top destination for shipments. US OX exports to Mexico, however, decreased 478 mt, or 9%, month on month and fell 98 mt, or 2%, year on year.

CANADIAN-ORIGIN OX CONTINUES TO LEAD US IMPORTS

The US' June OX imports totaled 2,517 mt, up 380 mt, or 18%, on the month, with Canada as the only supplier. The June imports, however, were down by 1,192 mt, or 32%, on the year, the data showed.

US PA IMPORTS CONTINUE TO RISE

Derivative US phthalic anhydride imports totaled 3,536 mt in June, up 506 mt, or 17%, from May, the data showed. Italy, Mexico, Israel, Russia, South Korea and Brazil were the top PA exporters to the US in June.

Italy led the list, accounting for 26% of the total at 917 mt. Italian exports to the US were down 11%, or 109 mt, on the month, the data showed.

Italy was followed by Mexico, supplying 24% of the total at 863 mt, down 34 mt, or 4%, from May, the data showed.

Israel-origin PA stood at 841 mt, or 24% of the total, up 385 mt, or 84%, month on month. Russia-origin PA to the US was at 490 mt, or 14% of the total, up 127 mt, or 35%, month on month, the data showed.

South Korean exports to the US stood at 335 mt, or 9% of the total, up 188 mt, or 128% from May, the data showed. Brazil-origin PA was at 89 mt, or 3% of the total, down 51 mt, or 37%, month on month.

-- Charlie Uribe, Charlie.Uribe@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Pankti Mehta, newsdesk@spglobal.com