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For Immediate Release: May 28, 2008

April Monthly Steel Fact Sheet

 

The preliminary data released today show that overall steel imports in April 2008 increased 14.53 percent from March 2008.  The change in March’s total amount of steel imports was due to a large increase in most goods, such as hot rolled sheets (42%) and blooms, billets and slabs (66%) and an decrease in a few other goods such as galvanized hot dipped sheets and strip (-31%) and oil country goods (15%). There was a notable 66% increase in blooms, billets and slabs. Stainless imports decreased 5.11% resulting from mixed increases and decreases in individual stainless products. April 2008 imports of steel mill products were up 3.35 percent compared to April 2007.

 

Preliminary Census Steel Import Statistic Comparisons

Product

Apr-07

Mar-08

Apr-08

% Change

% Change

Mar 08 - Apr 08

Apr 07 - Apr 08

All Steel Mill Products

2,584,463

2,332,179

2,671,126

14.53%

3.35%

All Carbon and Alloy Products

2,488,441

2,243,699

2,580,011

14.99%

3.68%

Blooms, Billets and Slabs -- C & A

557,074

403,963

669,883

65.83%

20.25%

Sheets Hot Rolled -- C & A

186,420

173,798

246,773

41.99%

32.37%

Sheets & Strip Galv Hot Dipped -- C & A

191,672

151,644

104,324

-31.20%

-45.57%

Sheets Cold Rolled -- C & A

98,278

82,156

77,217

-6.01%

-21.43%

Bars-Reinforcing -- C & A

107,048

110,462

143,030

29.48%

33.61%

Wire Rods -- C & A

78,723

75,402

145,798

93.36%

85.20%

Line Pipe -- C & A

273,289

248,313

243,929

-1.77%

-10.74%

Oil Country Goods -- C & A

123,032

199,844

169,222

-15.32%

37.54%

Plates in Coils -- C & A

84,619

77,132

101,929

32.15%

20.46%

Standard Pipe -- C & A

105,042

103,821

92,718

-10.69%

-11.73%

All Stainless Products

96,022

88,480

91,114

2.98%

-5.11%

Sheets Cold Rolled -- S

28,017

32,750

35,134

7.28%

25.40%

Stainless Pipe & Tubing -- S

13,919

11,281

11,602

2.85%

-16.65%

Blooms, Billets and Slabs -- S

8,697

9,211

8,671

-5.86%

-0.30%

**April 2008 figures are PRELIMINARY; final April figures to be released 6/10/08.

*All numbers represent quantity in metric tons.

 

* Please see the SIMA website for further data and graphs: https://enforcement.trade.gov/steel/license/index.html