The American Iron and Steel Institute has reported that US’s steel import permit applications for the month of July 2022 totaled 2.461 million net tons, a 13% decrease from the 2.826 million net tons permit recorded in June and a 12% decrease from the June preliminary imports total of 2.810 million net tons. Import permit tonnage for finished steel in July was 2.082 million net tons, down 5.5% from the preliminary imports total of 2.204 million net tons permit in June. The estimated finished steel import market share in July was 23%Steel imports with large increases in July permits vs June preliminary imports include wire rods up 48%, black plate up 42%, reinforcing bars up 31% and cut lengths plates up 22%. In July, the largest steel import permit applications were for Canada 0.515 million net tons down 19% from June preliminary, Mexico 0.440 million net tons down 16%, South Korea 0.257 million net tons down 14%, Brazil 0.247 million net tons up 24% and Japan 0.161 million net tons up 64%.For the first seven months of 2022, total and finished steel imports were 19.230 million net tons & 15.510 million net tons, up 9% and 30%, respectively, from the same period in 2021. The estimated finished steel import market share is 24% year-to-dateProducts with significant year-to date increases vs the same period in 2021 include wire rods up 81%, oil country goods up 62%, standard pipe up 55%, cold rolled sheets up 48% and line pipe up 48%. Through the first seven months of 2022, the largest suppliers were Canada 4.093 million net tons, no change from the same period last year, Mexico 3.395 million net tons up 37% and Brazil 1.802 million net tons down 41%.