steel imports in 2010 show a 33 percent increase versus 2009
Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the
American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that the United
States imported a total of 1,811,000 net tons (NT) of steel in
December, including 1,445,000 NT of finished steel (up 1 percent
and down 3 percent, respectively, from November final data).
Full year total and finished steel imports in 2010 are 23.8 and
18.8 million NT, respectively, up 47 percent and 33 percent vs.
2009. In the first half 2010, finished steel import share hit
a high of 24 percent in July, and remained above 20 percent for
the rest of the year. For full year 2010, finished steel import
market share was an estimated 21 percent.
Key finished steel products with significant import increases
in December 2010 compared to November include cut length plates
(up 37 percent), hot rolled bars (up 25 percent) and line pipe
(up 17 percent). Many key finished steel products also registered
large import increases for full year 2010 versus the year before,
including wire rods (up 73 percent), hot rolled bars (up 56 percent),
oil country goods (up 48 percent), plates in coils (up 40 percent),
hot rolled sheets (up 38 percent) and hot dipped galvanized sheet
and strip (up 37 percent).
In December, the largest volumes of finished steel imports from
offshore were from South Korea (165,000, up 8 percent), Japan
(101,000 NT, down 2 percent), Germany (65,000 down 6 percent),
The Netherlands (65,000 NT, up 2 percent) and China (55,000,
down 21 percent). For full year 2010, the largest volumes of
finished steel imports from offshore were from South Korea (2
million NT, up 52 percent), Japan (1,324,000 NT, up 35 percent),
Germany (879,000 NT, up 78 percent), China (849,000 NT, down
42 percent) and India (713,000 NT, up 23 percent).