Steel Imports Down 17% in 2019

January 27, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that the U.S. imported a total of 1,553,000 net tons (NT) of steel in December 2019, including 1,347,000 net tons (NT) of finished steel (down 0.5% and up 1.2%, respectively, vs. November final data). For full year 2019 total and finished steel imports are 27,905,000 and 21,042,000 net tons (NT), down 17.3% and 18.1%, respectively, vs. 2018. Finished steel import market share was an estimated 15% in December and is estimated at 19% for full year 2019. Key finished steel products with a significant import increase in December compared to November are plates in coils (up 41%), hot rolled sheets (up 27%), cold rolled sheets (up 22%) and cut lengths plates (up 18%).

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