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For Immediate Release: November 25, 2008

October Monthly Steel Fact Sheet

The preliminary data released today show that overall steel imports in October 2008 increased 0.52 percent from September 2008.  The nearly level change in October’s total amount of steel imports was due to a notable increase in imports for stainless blooms, billets, and slabs (71.22%) and carbon & alloy blooms, billets, and slabs (24.86%), offset by declines in several carbon & alloy products. The most significant decreases were in carbon & alloy reinforcing bars (-35.14%), hot rolled sheets

(-30.45%), and plates in coils (-16.79%). October 2008 imports of steel mill products were up 6.85 percent compared to October 2007.

 

Preliminary Census Steel Import Statistic Comparisons

 

Oct 07

Sept 08

Oct 08

% Change

% Change

 

Sept 08- Oct 08

Oct 07- Oct 08

All Steel Mill Products

2,516,339

2,674,915

2,688,807

0.52%

6.85%

 

 

All Carbon and Alloy Products

2,441,062

2,603,831

2,609,994

0.24%

6.92%

Blooms, Billets and Slabs -- C & A

749,652

439,520

548,800

24.86%

-26.79%

Oil Country Goods -- C & A

114,743

428,530

451,427

5.34%

293.42%

Line Pipe -- C & A

250,407

253,012

251,924

-0.43%

0.61%

Sheets Hot Rolled -- C & A

171,400

239,696

166,707

-30.45%

-2.74%

Sheets & Strip Galv Hot Dipped -- C & A

144,116

179,810

154,648

-13.99%

7.31%

Plates in Coils -- C & A

66,355

133,296

110,921

-16.79%

67.16%

Standard Pipe -- C & A

109,127

109,982

94,579

-14.01%

-13.33%

Wire Rods -- C & A

69,791

87,637

105,354

20.22%

50.96%

Sheets Cold Rolled -- C & A

96,425

81,664

101,143

23.85%

4.89%

Bars-Reinforcing -- C & A

55,408

52,870

34,294

-35.14%

-38.11%

 

 

All Stainless Products

75,276

71,084

78,812

10.87%

4.70%

Sheets Cold Rolled -- S

21,089

21,154

22,952

8.50%

8.83%

Stainless Pipe & Tubing -- S

12,024

10,345

10,447

0.99%

-13.12%

Blooms, Billets and Slabs -- S

7,809

6,550

11,215

71.22%

43.62%

 **October 2008 figures are PRELIMINARY; final October figures to be released 12/11/08

*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