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August 6, 2008
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June Imports Up 7 Percent Vs. May

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 2,675,000 net tons (NT) of steel in June 2008, including 2,068,000 NT of finished steel (up 7 percent and 1 percent, respectively, vs. May final data). While total and finished steel imports through the first six months of 2008 are down 11 percent and 13 percent, respectively vs. the same period in 2007, the monthly average for finished imports in the most recent 3-month period (April-June 2008) is up 2 percent vs. the monthly average in the previous 3 months (January-March 2008). Total and finished imports on an annualized basis this year are each down 5 percent vs. 2007. On an annualized basis, total imports of steel in 2008 would be 31.8 million NT.

Key products with large increases in June compared to the month before include: Wire Rods (up 56%), Sheets & Strip All Other (up 53%), Standard Pipe (up 47%), Plates – Cut Lengths (up 27%), Bars – Hot Rolled (up 26 %) and Reinforcing Bar (up 18%). For the first six months of 2008, products with significant increases vs. the same period in 2007 include Oil Country Goods (up 24%) and Line Pipe (up 16%).

In June, the largest volume of finished steel imports from offshore was from China (347,000 NT, up 20% from May). While steel imports from China in the first six months of 2008 are down 40 percent compared to the same period last year, June saw China register its highest monthly volume of the year. Much of this tonnage is in high-value steel products still receiving government export tax rebates (e.g., OCTG, line pipe and hot-dipped galvanized sheet). Other major offshore suppliers in June include South Korea (168,000 NT, down 16% from May), Japan (124,000 NT, up 5%) and Germany (105,000 NT, up 29%).

Source: American Iron and Steel Institute, July 29, 2008

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