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Steel News November 26, 2020 09:45:39 PM

U.S. Finished Steel Imports to Shrink by 22%

Paul Ploumis
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The country is likely to witness 22.4% decline in finished steel imports in the entire year 2020.
U.S. Finished Steel Imports to Shrink by 22%

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) forecasts significant decline in imports of finished steel by the country during the current year. The estimates provided by the association are based on the import trends during the initial ten-month period of the year.

The country is likely to witness 22.4% decline in finished steel imports in the entire year 2020. As per estimates, the full-year finished imports are likely to total 16.334 million net tons in 2020. The U.S. finished imports had totalled 21.051 million net tons in the whole of 2019. Meantime, the total steel imports are likely to see a decline of 17.7% from 27.937 million net tons in 2019 to 22.979 million net tons during this year, AISI said.

The AISI foresees modest to sharp decline in import volumes of majority of steel mill products during the year, except a few such as reinforcing bars and all other metallic sheets and strips. The imports of line pipes are likely to register the biggest decline, falling by over 60% from the previous year. The imports of oil country goods and plates in coils are likely to drop by 50.6% and 31.8% respectively.

The imports of finished steel mill products from Turkey are likely to surge higher by 81.5% in 2020. On the contrary, AISI forecasts 35% contraction in finished imports from Japan during the year. The imports from Germany too are likely to witness year-on-year decline by almost 32% in 2020.

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