American Iron and Steel Institute, www.steel.org – (09-07-23) 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 August totaled 2,214,000 net tons (NT)*. This was a 3.2% decrease from the 2,286,000 permit tons recorded in July and a 6.6% decrease from the July final imports total of 2,371,000. Import permit tonnage for finished steel in August was 1,802,000, down 1.7% from the final imports total of 1,832,000 in July. For the first eight months of 2023 (including August SIMA permits and July final imports), total and finished steel imports were 19,592,000 NT and 15,090,000 NT, down 10.9% and 15.3%, respectively, from the same period in 2022. The estimated finished steel import market share in August was 21% and is 22% year-to-date (YTD). Steel imports with large increases in August permits vs. July final imports include sheets and strip all other metallic coatings (up 50%), standard pipe (up 39%), wire rods (up 32%), cut lengths plates (up 28%) and hot rolled sheets (up 17%). Products with significant year-to-date (YTD) increases vs. the same period in 2022 include cut lengths plates (up 24%), standard rails (up 20%), oil country goods (up 17%), line pipe (up 17%) and electrical sheet and strip (up 12%). In August, the largest steel import permit applications were for Canada (535,000 NT, up 1% from July final), Mexico (356,000 NT, up 23%), South Korea (234,000 NT, up 48%), Brazil (211,000 NT, down 45%) and Vietnam (84,000 NT, up 65%). Through the first eight months of 2023, the largest suppliers were Canada (4,707,000 NT, no change), Mexico (2,971,000 NT, down 24%) and Brazil (2,673,000 NT, up 35%).
AISI Press Release on Latest U.S. Imports of Steel Products – September 2023
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