AISI Releases April SIMA Imports Data; Import Market Share 28 percent in April

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For Immediate Release
May 3, 2017

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 April totaled 3,433,000 net tons (NT)*. This was a 2.0% decrease from the 3,504,000 permit tons recorded in March and a 1.1% increase from the March preliminary imports total of 3,396,000 NT. Import permit tonnage for finished steel in April was 2,657,000, up 5.6% from the preliminary imports total of 2,517,000 in March. For the first four months of 2017 (including April SIMA permits and March preliminary data), total and finished steel imports were 12,366,000 NT and 9,584,000 NT, up 23.6% and 13.2%, respectively, from the same period in 2016. The estimated finished steel import market share in April was 28% and is 26% year-to-date (YTD).

Finished steel imports with large increases in April permits vs. the March preliminary included steel piling (up 100%), oil country goods (up 31%), sheets and strip all other metallic coatings (up 29%), mechanical tubing (up 27%), sheets and strip hot dipped galvanized (up 21%), hot rolled bars (up 19%), heavy structural shapes (up 18%) and plates in coils (up 11%). Products with significant year-to-date (YTD) increases vs. the same period in 2016 include oil country goods (up 210%), sheets and strip all other metallic coated (up 43%), cold rolled sheets (up 42%), mechanical tubing (up 32%), tin plate (up 31%), standard pipe (up 30%), sheets and strip hot dipped galvanized (up 26%), reinforcing bars (up 18%) and line pipe (up 12%).

In April, the largest finished steel import permit applications for offshore countries were for South Korea (338,000 NT, up 7% from March preliminary), Turkey (284,000 NT, down 5%), Japan (126,000 NT, down 7%), Taiwan (123,000 NT, up 36%) and Germany (117,000 NT, up 27%). Through the first four months of 2017, the largest offshore suppliers were South Korea (1,227,000 NT, down 1% from the same period in 2016), Turkey (1,085,000 NT, up 27%) and Japan (506,000 NT, down 14%).

* 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.

Contact: Lisa Harrison
202.452.7115 / lharrison@steel.org

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