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For Immediate Release: April 22, 2008

March Monthly Steel Fact Sheet

The preliminary data released today show that overall steel imports in March 2008 increased 1.2 percent from February 2008.  The marginal change in March’s total amount of steel imports was due to an decrease in some goods, such as blooms billets and slabs (-19%) and hot rolled sheet (-24%) and an increase in other goods such as oil country goods (48%) and plates in coils (32%). There was a notable 69% increase in standard pipe. Similarly, stainless imports increased 1.11% resulting from mixed increases and decreases in individual stainless products. February 2008 imports of steel mill products were down 17.4 percent compared to February 2007.

 

Preliminary Census Steel Import Statistic Comparisons

Product 

Mar-07

Feb-08

Mar-08

% Change

% Change

 

Feb 08 - Mar 08

Mar 07 - Mar 08

All Steel Mill Products

2,758,598

2,252,849

2,279,781

1.20%

-17.36%

 

 

All Carbon and Alloy Products

2,654,764

2,166,107

2,192,075

1.20%

-17.43%

Blooms, Billets and Slabs -- C & A

472,113

491,765

396,551

-19.36%

-16.01%

Sheets Hot Rolled -- C & A

228,319

225,957

171,862

-23.94%

-24.73%

Sheets & Strip Galv Hot Dipped -- C & A

194,040

102,648

148,996

45.15%

-23.21%

Sheets Cold Rolled -- C & A

155,269

95,303

81,777

-14.19%

-47.33%

Bars-Reinforcing -- C & A

199,136

108,264

109,372

1.02%

-45.08%

Wire Rods -- C & A

131,600

70,502

73,486

4.23%

-44.16%

Line Pipe -- C & A

196,291

263,219

229,577

-12.78%

16.96%

Oil Country Goods -- C & A

145,721

133,794

197,977

47.97%

35.86%

Plates in Coils -- C & A

77,445

57,831

76,109

31.61%

-1.73%

Standard Pipe -- C & A

110,308

60,778

102,789

69.12%

-6.82%

 

 

All Stainless Products

103,833

86,741

87,705

1.11%

-15.53%

Sheets Cold Rolled -- S

26,140

33,553

32,638

-2.73%

24.86%

Stainless Pipe & Tubing -- S

13,383

8,675

11,156

28.60%

-16.64%

Blooms, Billets and Slabs -- S

11,356

11,164

9,211

-17.49%

-18.89%

 **March 2008 figures are PRELIMINARY; final March figures to be released 5/9/08.

*All numbers represent quantity in metric tons.

 

 

 

 

 

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