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Regional Imports Through August: Coiled Plate

Written by Peter Wright

Steel Market Update offers a comprehensive series of import reports ranging from the first look at licensed data to a detailed look at volume by district of entry and source nation. This report, on coiled plate, is designed to plug the gap between the two. We will report data for regional imports for each of six flat rolled products every other month. This month, we are reporting through August. These six reports are intended to be reference documents with very few specific comments. The charts tell the whole story.

National level import reports do a good job of measuring the overall market pressure caused by the imports of individual products. The downside is that there are huge regional differences. Our intent is to provide buyers and sellers with an understanding of what is going on in their region of operation. Figure 1 shows the year-to-date tonnage into each region and the huge variation between them. Figure 1a presents the same data as a pie chart. The Great Lakes region received far more tonnage than all others combined in eight months through August.

Total coiled plate imports were down by 19.7 percent for the year, but the Rio Grande region was down by 64.4 percent and the Gulf was up by 22.3 percent.

Figure 2 shows the year-to-date change for each of seven regions and the change at the national level. Volume declined this year through August in all regions except the Gulf.

Figures 3, 4, 5 and 6 show the history of coiled plate imports by region since March 2013 on a three-month moving average basis. Note, the Y axis scales are not the same.

Regions are compiled from the following districts:

Atlantic North—Baltimore, Boston, New York, Ogdensburg, Philadelphia, Portland ME, St. Albans and Washington, D.C.
Atlantic South—Charleston, Charlotte, Miami, Norfolk and Savannah.
Great Lakes—Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Duluth, Great Falls, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Pembina.
Gulf—Houston, New Orleans, Mobile, San Juan, St. Louis and Tampa.
Pacific North—Anchorage, Columbia Snake, San Francisco and Seattle.
Pacific South—Los Angeles and San Diego.
Rio Grande Valley—Laredo and El Paso.

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