LOS ANGELES Steel beam
imports arriving at U.S. ports were set to soar in January from
the previous month, led by shipments from South Korea and
Import license applications in
the two major beam categories, standard and wide-flange,
totaled 31,075 tonnes last month compared with December
preliminary import figures of 11,930 tonnes, according to data
from the Commerce Departments Import Administration.
January applications for standard beams more than doubled to
11,254 tonnes, while applications for wide-flange beam imports
more than tripled to 19,821 tonnes.
The largest number of permit
applications last month were submitted for South Korean beams
at 12,291 tonnes, all for wide-flange product, vs. just 237
tonnes in December.
Material from Spain totaled
9,490 tonnes in January, compared with 4,092 tonnes the
previous month. The Spanish material included 5,914 tonnes of
standard beams in January vs. 1,598 tonnes in December.
Permit applications for Mexican
beams totaled 5,014 tonnes in January compared with just 2,818
tonnes the previous month.
But imports from
Luxembourgusually among the leading supplier to the
United Statesfell to 1,972 tonnes from 2,841 tonnes.