U.S. steel beam imports have continued to lag this month, in
large part due to a decline in shipments from Luxembourg,
according to U.S. Commerce Department data.
applications totaled nearly 13,278 tonnes through Aug. 27, down
34.5 percent from imports of 20,284 tonnes in all of July. The
largest decline was recorded for wide-flange beams, with
applications totaling 8,717 tonnes vs. imports of 14,263 tonnes
Despite a rise in
import applications for South Korean wide-flange beams to 4,963
tonnes from imports of 3,794 tonnes in July, permits for wide
beams from Luxembourg fell to 1,531 tonnes from 4,354 tonnes in
the same comparison and Japan permits slid to 668 tonnes from
for standard beams declined to 4,561 tonnes through Aug. 27
from imports of 6,021 tonnes in all of July, mainly due to an
81.9-percent decline in shipments from Luxembourg to 782 tonnes
from 4,318 tonnes.