imports increase 19 percent
Import market share rises to an estimated 22 percent
Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the
American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported that the United
States imported a total of 2,415,000 net tons (NT) of steel in
July, including 1,797,000 NT of finished steel (up 19 percent
and 15 percent respectively from June data).
Finished steel import market share was an
estimated 22 percent in July, vs. 20 percent in June and a low
of 15 percent in August 2009. In the first 7 months of 2010,
total and finished steel imports were up 47 percent and 23 percent,
respectively, compared to the same period last year.
Key finished steel products with significant
import increases in July 2010 compared to June include line pipe
(up 61 percent), oil country goods (up 34 percent), plates in
coils (up 26 percent), hot rolled sheets (up 26 percent) and
cut length plates (up 22 percent). Many finished steel products
have registered significant year-to-date import increases in
2010 vs. the same period last year, including wire rods (up 166
percent) and hot rolled sheets (up 56 percent).
In July, the largest volumes of finished
steel imports from offshore were from South Korea (196,000, up
29 percent), Japan (125,000 NT, up 75 percent), Germany (87,000,
up 41 percent), India (145,000 NT, up 177 percent) and China
(94,000, up 19 percent). For the first seven months of 2010,
the largest offshore suppliers were South Korea (1,085,000, up
28 percent), Japan (746,000 NT, up 16 percent) and Germany (539,000
NT, up 68 percent).