AISI Releases May SIMA Imports Data, Import Market Share 27 percent in May

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For Immediate Release
June 4, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Based on the Commerce Department’s most recent Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that steel import permit applications for the month of May total 3,950,000 net tons (NT)*. This was a 7% increase from the 3,706,000 permit tons recorded in April and a 6% increase from the April Preliminary imports total of 3,726,000 NT. Import permit tonnage for finished steel in May was 2,823,000, up 3% from the preliminary imports total of 2,738,000 in April. For the first 5 months of 2014 (including May SIMA and April Preliminary), total and finished steel imports were 17,401,000 NT and 12,717,000 NT, respectively, up 31% and 22% from the same period in 2013. The estimated finished steel import market share in May was 27% and is 26% year-to-date (YTD).

Finished steel imports with large increases in May permits vs. the April Preliminary included oil country goods (up 58%), tin plate (up 38%), heavy structural shapes (up 38%), structural pipe and tubing (up 29%), line pipe (up 21%), hot rolled sheets (up 18%), standard pipe (up 15%) and sheets and strip hot dipped galvanized (up 13%). Products with significant year-to-date (YTD) increases vs. the same period in 2013 include wire rods (up 94%), plates in coils (up 72%), cold rolled sheets (up 53%),sheets and strip all other metallic coatings (up 46%), hot rolled sheets (39%), sheets and strip hot dipped galvanized (up 38%), mechanical tubing (34%), oil country goods (up 27%), reinforcing bars (up 22%) and cut lengths plates (up 20%).

In May, the largest finished steel import permit applications for offshore countries were for South Korea (556,000 NT, up 39% from April Preliminary), China (297,000 NT down 29%), Turkey (157,000 NT, up 14%), Japan (141,000 NT, down 33%) and Germany (106,000 NT, up 7%). Through the first five months of 2014, the largest offshore suppliers were South Korea (2,124,000 NT, up 40% from the same period in 2013), China (1,281,000 NT, up 72%) and Japan (848,000, up 3%).

* Monthly permit numbers provided to date may be understated, as entry documentation with the required import license number may be submitted up to ten days after imports have entered U.S. commerce.

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