NEW YORK U.S. steel slab
imports inched up 2.5 percent month on month in December,
sending the full-year intake to the highest level seen in five
Imports of the product totaled
586,839 tonnes in December, according to data compiled by
AMM from the U.S. Census Bureaus Foreign Trade
Division. That figure also exceeded by 39.4 percent the 421,032
tonnes imported in December 2011.
Month-on-month gains were seen
in the Philadelphia district, which saw imports rise 91.4
percent to 214,038 tonnes in December from 111,830 tonnes in
November; the district saw zero tonnes in December 2011. 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.
Slab imports into the Los
Angeles district, which includes Fontana, Calif.-based
California Steel Industries Inc., saw imports rise 61.4 percent
month on month to 115,579 tonnes in December.
But imports to Mobile, Ala.,
usually the largest U.S. slab destination, saw imports fall
14.2 percent to 189,765 tonnes in December. The total was also
14.9 percent below the level logged in December 2011. The
district includes Essen, Germany-based ThyssenKrupp AGs
Calvert, Ala., facility.
Imports to the Columbia-Snake
district, which includes Evrazs Portland, Ore.-based
mill, were nearly halved, reaching 55,843 tonnes in
Slab imports for 2012 totaled
6,515,722 tonnes, a five-year high and a 14.5 percent increase
from 2011. Imports last topped this level in 2006, when they
reached 7,525,502 tonnes.