NEW YORK U.S.
steel slab imports fell in December from the previous month,
with a drop in shipments to Houston-Galveston, Texas, and the
Columbia-Snake customs district only partially offset by higher
shipments into Mobile, Ala.
Slab imports totaled
538,345 tonnes in December, down 11.4 percent from 607,630
tonnes in November and 8.3 percent below the 586,839 tonnes
imported in December 2012, according to data compiled by
AMM from USA Trade Online, part of the U.S. Census
Bureaus Foreign Trade division.
Slab arrivals into the
Mobile customs district, which includes Essen, Germany-based
ThyssenKrupp AGs Calvert, Ala., facility, jumped 52.8
percent to 327,948 tonnes in December after tumbling 37.1
percent the previous month. However, several sources said
shipments of slab into that district would likely taper off
after the impending purchase of the facility by Chicago-based
ArcelorMittal USA LLC and Tokyo-based Nippon Steel &
Sumitomo Metal Corp. in the first half of the year due to a
likely change in how the pair would send the raw material.
brought into the Columbia-Snake district, which includes
Chicago-based Evraz Inc. North Americas Portland, Ore.,
mill, tumbled 47.7 percent to 35,985 tonnes after falling 38.2
percent the previous month.
Imports into the
Houston-Galveston district fell 47.3 percent to 15,430 tonnes,
while those into the Los Angeles districtwhich includes
California Steel Industries Inc., Fontana, Calif.rose
14.1 percent to 148,334 tonnes.
Slab imports for last
year as a whole totaled 6.3 million tonnes, down 2.8 percent
from 6.5 million tonnes in 2012. This was mainly due to lower
shipments into three districtsColumbia-Snake; Buffalo,
N.Y.; and Pembina, N.D.offset somewhat by increased
shipments into Mobile and New Orleans.