steel import permit tons up 33 percent in 2010
Based on the Commerce Department’s most recent
Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) data, the American
Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that steel import permit
applications for the month of December totaled 1,814,000 net
This was a 0.4 percent decrease from the
1,808,000 permit tons recorded in November and a 2 percent increase
from the November preliminary imports total of 1,784,000 NT.
Import permit tonnage for finished steel
in December was 1,445,000 NT, down 3 percent from the preliminary
imports total of 1,495,000 NT in November. Total and finished
steel import permit tons for full-year 2010 were 23,870,000 NT
and 18,795,000 NT, up 47 percent and 33 percent, respectively,
from the 16,215,000 NT and 14,179,000 NT imported in the recession
year of 2009.