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US slab imports rebound after June fall

Keywords: Tags  slab imports, ThyssenKrupp, Evraz, NLMK. Catherine Ngai

NEW YORK — U.S. slab imports rebounded in July after a steep decline in June on increased shipments to Mobile, Ala., Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

Slab imports totaled 445,486 tonnes in July, up 7.9 percent from a year-to-date low of 412,923 tonnes the previous month, according to data compiled by AMM from USA Trade Online, part of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade division.

Arrivals in the Mobile customs district, which includes Essen, Germany-based ThyssenKrupp AG’s Calvert, Ala., facility, jumped 50.8 percent to 212,910 tonnes in the same comparison, while slab shipments into the Los Angeles district, which includes California Steel Industries Inc. in Fontana, Calif., climbed 68.5 percent to 127,333 tonnes.

The Philadelphia district—which includes the Pennsylvania facilities of Portage, Ind.-based NLMK USA, Chicago-based Evraz Inc. North America’s Claymont, Del., operations, and Chicago-based ArcelorMittal USA Inc.’s Coatesville, Pa., plant—logged 51,653 tonnes of slab imports in July, up from zero the previous month, although July’s five-month high was 42 percent below imports of 107,572 tonnes a year earlier.

Slab imports into the Columbia-Snake River district, which includes Evraz North America Inc.’s Portland, Ore., mill, dropped 50.8 percent from June to 16,469 tonnes, a six-month low.

The New Orleans district registered no slab imports in July after recording 101,318 tonnes the previous month, while imports into Houston-Galveston fell 34.9 percent to 32,922 tonnes.

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