SÃO PAULO Latin
Americas finished steel exports surged to 742,000 tonnes
in January, up 36.2 percent from 544,600 tonnes in the same
month last year, according to data released by regional steel
Brazil was the largest finished
steel exporter with shipments of 322,200 tonnes, up nearly 69
percent from 190,700 tonnes in January 2012, followed by Mexico
with 272,300 tonnes, up 22.8 percent from 221,800 tonnes in the
The regions steel imports,
on the other hand, fell 3.7 percent to 1.56 million tonnes in
January from 1.62 million tonnes in the same month last
Brazil and Mexico accounted for
the largest import volumes. Mexican finished steel imports were
virtually flat at 617,000 tonnes compared with January last
year, while Brazils imports declined 20.9 percent to
243,000 tonnes from 307,400 tonnes.
Alaceros figures for Latin
America dont include Venezuela.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Steel First.