imports increase 33 percent
Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the
American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that the United
States imported a total of 2,446,000 net tons (NT) of steel in
March, including 1,850,000 NT of finished steel (up 33 percent
and 29 percent, respectively, from February final data).
Finished steel import market share in the
first quarter was an estimated 20 percent and rose to 21 percent
in March, the same level as it was for full year 2010.
Key finished steel products with significant
import increases in March 2011 compared to February include heavy
structural shapes (up 124 percent), cold rolled sheets (up 75
percent), hot dipped galvanized sheet and strip (up 44 percent),
oil country goods (up 32 percent) and hot rolled sheets (up 29
percent). Major products with significant year-to-date import
increases vs. the same period last year include oil country goods
(up 85 percent) and reinforcing bar (up 74 percent).
In March, the largest volumes of finished
steel imports from offshore were from South Korea (229,000, up
23 percent), Japan (113,000 NT, down 13 percent), Germany (96,000
up 35 percent), Brazil (73,000 NT, up 734 percent) and China
(67,000, up 37 percent). For the first 3 months of 2011, the
largest offshore suppliers were South Korea (630,000, up 76 percent),
Japan (372,000 NT, up 11 percent) and Germany (264,000 NT, up