WASHINGTON U.S. steel
imports appear to have bucked a two-month slide, increasing 4
percent in April from the previous month on increased shipments
from Brazil and Japan.
April import license
applications totaled 2.34 million tonnes, according to data
from the Commerce Departments Import Administration, up
from March preliminary figures of 2.25 million tonnes but down
18.1 percent from 2.85 million tonnes in April last year.
Increases were posted for
cut-to-length plate, which jumped 90.2 percent from March to
115,210 tonnes, as well as imports of semifinished material,
which increased 9.2 percent to 492,155 tonnes.
Decreases were seen in
hot-dipped galvanized sheet and strip, which fell 28.1 percent
to 122,598 tonnes, as well as reinforcing bar, which plunged
78.1 percent to 36,766 tonnes.
Brazil was responsible for the
largest increase, particularly in shipments of cold-rolled
sheet and semifinished material, while Japan was responsible
for major increases in standard rail, line pipe and
A major decrease was seen in shipments from Turkey,
particularly in reinforcing bar, though that was partially
offset by shipments of oil country tubular goods and standard