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US steel slab imports tumble 15% in Nov.

Jan 09, 2014 | 03:46 PM |

Tags  steel slab, slab imports, ThyssenKrupp, California Steel Industries, Evraz, Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — U.S. steel slab imports fell in November from the previous month, with a drop in shipments to Mobile, Ala., and the Columbia-Snake customs district only partially offset by higher shipments into Los Angeles.

Slab imports totaled 607,629 tonnes, down 15 percent from 715,263 tonnes in October but up 5.7 percent from 574,995 tonnes a year earlier, according to data compiled by AMM from USA Trade Online, part of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade division.

Slab arrivals into the Mobile customs district—which includes Essen, Germany-based ThyssenKrupp AG’s Calvert, Ala., facility—tumbled 37.1 percent vs. October to 214,609 tonnes, while shipments into the Columbia-Snake River district, which includes Chicago-based Evraz Inc. North America’s Portland, Ore., mill, fell 38.2 percent to 68,840 tonnes.

Shipments into the Los Angeles district, which includes California Steel Industries Inc., Fontana, Calif., more than doubled to 129,977 tonnes in the same comparison.

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