Steel beam imports likely to remain strong

Mar 27, 2013 | 04:08 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  steel beams, Russia, Luxembourg, Census Bureau, South Korea, imports, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Steel beam imports appear likely to stay relatively strong in March as permit applications, even before the month is over, point to a rise in total arrivals of at least 16 percent over February, with a jump in standard beams offsetting a possible decline in wide-flange products.

Permit applications for both standard and wide-flange beams through March 26 totaled nearly 32,543 tonnes, up from 28,154 tonnes in all of February, according to preliminary U.S. Census Bureau data. While March applications for wide-flange beam imports through March 26 had reached just 16,260 tonnes vs. 22,056 tonnes in all of February, standard beam applications had shot up to 16,283 tonnes so far in March from just 6,098 tonnes the....

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