Chinese steel trade data was recently released for the month of July 2015, providing updated data on iron ore imports, steel scrap imports, and flat rolled imports and exports. Chinese imports of iron ore in July were 86,100,000 metric tons, an increase of 14.9 percent from the previous month and an increase of 4.3 percent from July 2014. Total iron ore imports for the first six months of 2015 are at 538,920,000 metric tons.
July imports of steel scrap were 170,000 metric tons, down 19.0 percent from June and down 32.0 percent from the same month one year ago. 2015 total levels for steel scrap imports are at 1,440,000 metric tons.
Flat rolled imports in July were 880,000 metric tons, an 11.1 percent decrease from the previous month and a 12.9 percent decrease over July 2014 figures. Total 2015 YTD imports were adjusted to 6,480,000 metric tons.
Chinese exports of flat rolled steel were 3,730,000 metric tons for July, up 3.0 percent from June but down 5.1 percent from July 2014. Total flat rolled exports for 2015 through July are at an adjusted 27,390,000 metric tons. (Source: China Customs Service)
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