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Brass mill imports, exports rise in Feb.

Keywords: Tags  brass mill products, Copper and Brass Fabricators Council, brass mill imports, brass mill exports, Saranya Kapur

NEW YORK — U.S. imports and exports of brass mill products increased in February compared with the same month last year, according to the latest statistics from the Copper and Brass Fabricators Council.

Imports totaled nearly 38.24 million pounds, up 10 percent from 34.75 million pounds in February last year. The biggest supplier was Germany at 7.78 million pounds, followed by South Korea (5.97 million pounds), Mexico (5.06 million pounds), Canada (3.63 million pounds) and China (3.01 million pounds).

Imports were led by pipe and tube products at 13.5 million pounds, followed by sheet, strip, plate and foil (11.51 million pounds), profiles, rods and bars (10.92 million pounds) and copper alloy wire (2.31 million pounds).

Year-to-date imports of 77.91 million pounds were 10.4 percent higher than 70.58 million pounds in the first two months of last year.

U.S. exports of brass mill products totaled 21.37 million pounds in February, up 2.6 percent from 20.82 million pounds a year earlier. Mexico was the leading destination for U.S. material at 7.01 million pounds, followed by Canada (6.26 million pounds), Korea (1.48 million pounds), China (762,269 pounds) and Thailand (745,889 pounds).

Sheet, strip, plate and foil products led exports at 9.40 million pounds, followed by profiles, rods and bars (6.21 million pounds), pipe and tube (3.8 million pounds) and copper wire (1.94 million pounds).

Year-to-date exports of 40.02 million pounds were down 6 percent from 42.58 million pounds in the first two months of last year.

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