Steel Imports Down 12 Percent in 2018

March 6, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Based on final Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that the U.S. imported a total of 1,898,000 net tons (NT) of steel in December 2018, including 1,679,000 net tons (NT) of finished steel (down 20.4% and 12.6%, respectively, vs. November final data). For the full year of 2018, total and finished steel imports are 33,731,000 and 25,694,000 net tons (NT), down 11.5% and 13.1%, respectively, compared to full year 2017. Finished steel import market share was 19% in December and 23% for full year 2018.


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