NEW YORK Slab imports
jumped 38.3 percent in November compared with the previous
month on strong gains in the districts of Mobile, Ala.,
Houston-Galveston and Philadelphia.
Slab imports totaled 572,342
tonnes in November, up from 413,910 tonnes in October,
according to data compiled by AMM from USA Trade
Online, part of the U.S. Census Bureaus Foreign Trade
Division. That figure is also 39 percent higher than the
411,630 tonnes reported in November 2011.
Substantial gains were seen in
Mobile, where slab imports jumped 54.1 percent to 221,279
tonnes. The district includes Essen, Germany-based ThyssenKrupp
AGs Calvert, Ala. facility.
logged 48,916 tonnes in November, more than four times
Octobers 10,479 tonnes.
The Los Angeles district, which
includes Fontana, Calif.-based California Steel Industries Inc.
and is usually the second-largest slab port, saw imports fall
57.9 percent to 71,609 tonnes, marking a two-month low.
The Philadelphia district saw
slab imports jump to 111,830 tonnes from 14,530 tonnes in
October and zero tonnes in the same month last year. The
district includes the Pennsylvania facilities of Portage,
Ind.-based NLMK USA; Chicago-based Evraz Inc. North
Americas Claymont, Del., operations; and Chicago-based
ArcelorMittal USA Inc.s Coatesville, Pa., plant.