Steel beam imports for February appear likely to surpass
Januarys totals and are matching the pace set during the
same month last year, as South Korea and two other countries
are in line to dominate this months arrivals.
applications for standard and wide-flange beams totaled 15,194
tonnes compared with 17,782 tonnes for all of January,
according to data from the U.S. Commerce Departments
Enforcement and Compliance division. In February 2013, total
imports were 28,154 tonnes.
South Korea led the
way, with February applications for 6,044 tonnes of wide-flange
beams, or 47.3 percent of the total applications of 12,781
tonnes submitted so far this month. Luxembourg was next with
applications for 3,854 tonnes, predominantly for wide-flange
beams, followed by Mexico, with applications for 2,910 tonnes
of wide-flange and standard beams.
Most Korean beams
arrive on the West Coast, while the role played by Mexican
beams in the U.S. market is most prominent in the Gulf, market
sources noted. Import applications from some
countriesnamely Russia and Spainthat last year
represented significant arrivals during certain months have
been negligible so far this year, they also noted.