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December 2006

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).

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