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Brass mill product imports down, exports up in March

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NEW YORK — U.S. brass mill product imports fell 3.6 percent in March compared with the same month last year, while total exports rose 1.8 percent, according to data released May 7 by the Copper & Brass Fabricators Council.

March imports totaled 41.9 million pounds, down from 43.5 million pounds a year earlier. Year-to-date imports of 112.5 million pounds were 5.9 percent lower than the 119.6 million pounds imported in the first three months of 2012.

The biggest supplier in March was Germany at 8.9 million pounds, followed by South Korea (7.5 million pounds), Mexico (3.7 million pounds), China (3.4 million pounds) and Canada (3.2 million pounds).

Meanwhile, U.S. brass mill exports rose to 21.6 million pounds in March from 21.2 million pounds a year earlier, and year-to-date exports of 61.8 million pounds were up 4.1 percent from 59.4 million pounds in the first three months of last year.

Mexico was the top destination for brass mill exports in March at 6.7 million pounds, followed by Canada (6.2 million pounds), Saudi Arabia (2.3 million pounds), South Korea (1.3 million pounds) and China (990,857 pounds).

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