Structural steel import market struggling
Oct 19, 2012 | 12:33 PM
| Catherine Ngai
NEW YORK The structural import market is facing an uphill battle due to sluggish demand, sliding domestic prices and uncertainty about the upcoming elections, market participants told AMM.
"September was just an awful month, and I dont know why," one service center source said. "The (import) offers were seeing lately just arent worth taking the risk."
Earlier this month, a number of domestic millsincluding Blytheville, Ark.-based Nucor-Yamato Steel Co.; Tampa, Fla.-based Gerdau Long Steel North America; the Berkeley, S.C., mill of Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor Corp.; and Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI)lowered beam prices by $30 per ton in the aftermath of a $47-per-ton drop in raw material costs (amm.com, Oct. 12). Gerdau, Nucor and SDI also cut merchant products by $40 per ton (amm.com, Oct. 11).....
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