Year-to-date imports up 45 percent
Washington, DC— Based on preliminary Census
Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported
that the United States imported a total of 3,699,000 net tons (NT)
of steel in September 2006, including 2,922,000 NT of finished steel
(down 11.8 and 9.9 percent, respectively, vs. August’s final
data). Year-to-date (YTD) imports in these categories are up 45
and 44 percent, respectively, compared to the same period in 2005.
Key products with large increases in September
compared to the month before include reinforcing bars (up 50 percent),
structural pipe and tubing (up 47 percent), bars-light shapes (up
29 percent), heavy structural shapes (up 19 percent) and sheets
& strips all other metallic (up 11 percent).