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US steel imports decline in November

Keywords: Tags  Census Bureau, steel imports, OCTG, line pipe, galvanized sheet, flat-rolled sheet, pipe, stainless steel Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — U.S. steel imports fell in November compared with the previous month, with hot-dipped galvanized sheet and strip, line pipe and oil country tubular goods (OCTG) leading the charge down, according to preliminary U.S. Census Bureau data.

Steel imports totaled 2.34 million tonnes for the month, down 16.7 percent from 2.81 million tonnes in October and 4.9 percent lower than the 2.46 million tonnes imported in November 2012.

Imports of hot-dipped galvanized sheet and strip fell 38.6 percent to 133,283 tonnes in November from 216,936 tonnes the prior month; imports of line pipe dropped 27.5 percent to 116,951 tonnes, their lowest level this year, from 161,381 tonnes; and OCTG imports fell 26.5 percent to 264,400 tonnes from 359,754 tonnes in the same comparison.

Stainless imports decreased 16 percent to 67,430 tonnes in November from 80,262 tonnes a month earlier, the preliminary data show.

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