April 2, 2008


February Imports Down 8% Versus January
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 2,458,000 net tons (NT) of steel in February 2008, including 1,905,000 NT of finished steel (down 8 and 14 percent, respectively, vs. January final data). Total and finished steel imports on an annualized basis are down 8 and 7 percent, respectively, vs. 2007. On an annualized basis, total imports of steel in 2008 would be 30.7 million NT.

For the first two months of 2008, products showing increases vs. the same period in 2007 were Line Pipe (up 59%), Heavy Structural Shapes (up 19%), Hot Rolled Sheet (up 9%) and Oil Country Goods (up 6%).

For February, the largest volume of finished steel imports from offshore was from China (at 235,000 NT, down 14% from January). Other notable offshore suppliers were South Korea (151,000 NT, down 35%), Japan (88,000 NT, down 29%), Germany (88,000 NT, up 2%) and India (83,000 NT, down 19%). Below is a summary chart of finished imports by country.

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Source: American Iron and Steel Institute, March 25, 2008

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