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US brass mill product imports decline, exports climb

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NEW YORK — U.S. brass mill product imports fell 3.5 percent in February compared with the same month last year, while exports rose 2.2 percent, according to Copper and Brass Fabricators Council data.

February’s imports totaled 34.75 million pounds, down from 36.02 million pounds a year earlier, and year-to-date imports of 70.58 million pounds were 7.2 percent lower than 76.03 million pounds in the first two months of last year.

The biggest supplier in February was Germany at 8.42 million pounds, followed by South Korea (4.97 million pounds), Mexico (4.01 million pounds), Canada (3.12 million pounds) and China (2.63 million pounds).

U.S. exports of brass mill exports rose to 19.78 million pounds in February from 19.35 million pounds a year earlier, and year-to-date exports of 40.2 million pounds were up 5.4 percent from 38.15 million pounds in the first two months of last year.

Mexico was the top destination for brass mill exports in February at 6.62 million pounds, followed by Canada (6.37 million pounds), China (1.12 million pounds), Saudi Arabia (688,874 pounds) and South Korea (532,808 pounds).

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