Steel Imports Up 17% in January

February 26, 2018

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 2,875,000 net tons (NT) of steel in January 2018, including 2,327,000 net tons (NT) of finished steel (up 17.3% and 23.8%, respectively, vs. December final data). Total and finished steel imports are up 2.2% and down 0.1%, respectively, vs. the same period in 2017. Finished steel import market share was an estimated 26% in January.

Key finished steel products with significant import increases in January compared to December include sheets and strip all other metallic coatings (up 129%), reinforcing bars (up 82%), oil country goods (up 78%), line pipe (up 44%), standard pipe (up 30%), hot rolled sheets (up 27%), hot rolled bars (up 22%), wire drawn (up 14%), mechanical tubing (up 13%), and plates in coils (up 11%).

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