NEW YORK U.S. steel
exports fell to 959,621 tonnes in September, down 9.7 percent
from more than 1.06 million tonnes the previous month and 12.8
percent lower than 1.1 million tonnes in September last year,
on the back of lower shipments to North American Free Trade
Agreement partners Canada and Mexico.
The largest decreases from
August were recorded by heavy structural shapes, which plunged
29.4 percent to 66,518 tonnes from 94,166 tonnes, and
hot-dipped galvanized sheet and strip, which slid 12.7 percent
to 89,056 tonnes from 102,020 tonnes, according to data
released by the Commerce Departments Import
Administration. Few categories increased, but included plate in
coil, which jumped 29.2 percent to 53,351 tonnes from 41,293
tonnes in the same comparison.
Steel exports to Canada totaled
484,451 tonnes in September, down 4.4 percent from 506,617
tonnes the previous month due largely to a drop in shipments of
reinforcing bar and hot-dipped galvanized sheet and strip.
Exports to Mexico totaled 289,579 tonnes, down 14.8 percent
from 339,813 tonnes in August due to declines in heavy
structural shapes and line pipe.