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US petcoke exports drop 30.8% on year in Sep due to Hurricane Harvey: Census

Houston (Platts)--8 Nov 2017 558 pm EST/2258 GMT


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.

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



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