New: Liquefied Butanes Gas World Trade Report

This new Report tracks the movement of liquefied butanes between all importing and exporting countries and regions. In 2016, trade volume was 35 million tons, up 1% from 2015. Preliminary data shows volume March 2017 YTD up 6%.

Imports into Asia-Pacific were 17 million tons in 2016, up 2%. The Middle East supplied 15 million tons of the total, down 1%. North America’s exports to the region jumped 73%, to 1.3 million tons. Africa’s exports to Asia-Pacific, although substantial, dropped by 25%, to 560,000 tons.

India was Asia-Pacific’s top importer with over 5 million tons last year, up 6%. Other major import markets included China, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan.

The Middle East exported over 16 million tons of butanes in 2016, down 2% on declines to both Asia-Pacific and Africa.

North America exported 2.7 million tons in 2016, the large increase to Asia-Pacific partly offset by a slight decline in shipments to Latin America and a steeper drop off in volumes to Africa.

Note: US exports set a new monthly record in March 2017 of over 500,000 tons.

From International Trader Publications: Liquefied Butanes World Trade Report