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US Steel import permit applications rise 9.4% in September

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WASHINGTON (Scrap Register): United States steel import permit applications for the month of September totaled 1,967,000 net tons (NT), a 9.4% decrease from the 2,172,000 permit tons recorded in August and a 2.7% decrease from the August final imports total of 2,022,000 NT, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) said in its latest report based on the Commerce Department’s most recent Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) data.

Import permit tonnage for finished steel in September was 1,510,000, down 15.9% from the final imports total of 1,794,000 in August. For the first nine months of 2019 (including September SIMA permits and August final imports), total and finished steel imports were 22,658,000 NT and 16,842,000 NT, down 13.4% and 16.2%, respectively, from the same period in 2018.

The estimated finished steel import market share in September was 17% and is 20% year-to-date.

Products with significant year-to date increases vs. the same period in 2018 include black plate (up 95%), steel piling (up 50%) and tin free steel (up 25%).

In September, the largest finished steel import permit applications for offshore countries were for South Korea (150,000 NT, down 43% from August final), Japan (75,000 NT, down 44%), Germany (69,000 NT, down 8%), Taiwan (60,000 NT, down 1%) and Vietnam (52,000 NT, up 9%).

Through the first nine months of 2019, the largest offshore suppliers were South Korea (2,042,000 NT, down 11% from the same period last year), Japan (1,019,000 NT, down 4%) and Germany (836,000 NT, down 15%).

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