US Steel Imports in January-March Surge by 10% YoY
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US Steel Imports in January-March Surge by 10% YoY

Based on the Commerce Department’s most recent Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis data, the American Iron and Steel Institute reported that steel

Based on the Commerce Department’s most recent Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis data, the American Iron and Steel Institute reported that steel import permit applications for the month of March totalled 2,722,000 net tons. This was a 32.6% increase from the 2,052,000 permit tons recorded in February and a 43.2% increase from the February final imports total of 1,900,000. Import permit tonnage for finished steel in March was 1,822,000, up 26.9% from the final imports total of 1,436,000 in February. For the first three months of 2021 (including March SIMA permits and February final imports), total and finished steel imports were 7,043,000 NT and 4,497,000 NT, up 9.8% and down 0.3%, respectively, from the same period in 2020. The estimated finished steel import market share in March was 20% and is 18% year-to-date

Finished steel imports with large increases in March permits vs. the February final imports include sheets and strip all other metallic coatings (up 178%), black plate (up 113%), light shapes bars (up 75%), oil country goods (up 56%), hot rolled bars (up 56%), sheets and strip hot dipped galvanized (up 52%), cut lengths plates (up 40%), cold rolled strip (up 38%), standard pipe (up 38%), mechanical tubing (up 38%), line pipe (up 36%), reinforcing bars (up 32%), wire drawn (up 26%), wire rods (up 26%), structural pipe and tubing (up 24%) and plates in coils (up 10%). Products with significant year-to date (YTD) increases vs. the same period in 2020 include steel piling (up 157%), sheets and strip all other metallic coatings (up 23%), cut lengths plates (up 22%), hot rolled sheets (up 21%) and tin plate (up 16%).

In March, the largest finished steel import permit applications for offshore countries were for South Korea 295,000 net tons up 28% from February final, Taiwan 97,000 net tons up 190%, Germany 61,000 net tons down 6%, Vietnam 46,000 net tons up 524% and Turkey 44,000 net tons down 43%. Through the first three months of 2021, the largest offshore suppliers were South Korea 657,000 net tons up 20% from the same period last year, Japan 227,000 net tons up 12% and Germany 149,000 net tons down 12%.

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