NEW YORK U.S.
imports of steel slab rose 12.1 percent in May vs. April due to
a major jump to the Mobile, Ala., district.
Imports of the
unfinished material totaled 578,176 tonnes that month,
according to U.S. Census Bureau data compiled by AMM,
up from 515,666 tonnes in April. May figures were also higher
than the 521,533 tonnes imported in May 2012.
The increase was
driven in large part by imports to Mobile, which almost doubled
to 298,640 tonnes due to increased volumes from Brazil. The
Mobile district includes ThyssenKrupp AGs Calvert, Ala.,
ThyssenKrupp, which is currently in a sales process for its
U.S. facility, faced operational issues in the spring at its
slab plant in Brazil. The steelmaker has since restarted its
slab facility after problems with its blast furnace (
amm.com, June 14).
Imports to the
Philadelphia district remained low in May, with imports falling
17 percent to 20,612 tonnes compared to the previous month, a
far cry from May 2012 figures of 107,266 tonnes. 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., slid to 132,952 tonnes
compared to 167,439 tonnes the month prior, while imports
through the Columbia-Snake River region, including Evrazs
Portland, Ore.-based mill, fell to 67,101 tonnes from 105,433
tonnes the month prior.
By country, increases were seen from Brazil (up 32 percent),
Russia (up 14 percent) and Mexico (up 27 percent).