[Ferro-Alloys.com] Based on the Commerce Department’s most recent Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reported today that steel import permit applications for the month of July totaled 3,574,000 net tons (NT)*. This was a 31.0% increase from the 2,728,000 permit tons recorded in June and a 75.1% increase from the June final imports total of 2,041,000. Import permit tonnage for finished steel in July was 1,882,000, up 8.9% from the final imports total of 1,728,000 in June. For the first seven months of 2019 (including July SIMA permits and June final imports), total and finished steel imports were 19,213,000 NT and 13,575,000 NT, down 8.0% and 16.2%, respectively, from the same period in 2018. The estimated finished steel import market share in July was 19% and is 21% year-to-date (YTD).
In July, the largest finished steel import permit applications for offshore countries were for South Korea (202,000 NT, up 24% from June final), Japan (96,000 NT, down 15%), Taiwan (81,000 NT, down 6%), Germany (78,000 NT, down 22%) and Brazil (75,000 NT, up 391%). Through the first seven months of 2019, the largest offshore suppliers were South Korea (1,652,000 NT, down 15% from the same period last year), Japan (819,000 NT, down 6%) and Germany (694,000 NT, down 8%). (AISI)