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Preliminary June Steel Imports Steady at 2.8 Million Tons

Written by Brett Linton

Preliminary Census data indicates that June steel imports will total 2.81 million net tons, just 61,000 tons higher than May levels. June figures are down 9% compared to March’s 26-month high of 3.09 million tons. Import licenses for July are currently at 2.15 million tons through July 25th data. (July figures are expected to increase as import licenses continue to be collected).

US Steel Import Trend

Total finished steel imports are preliminarily at 2.22 million tons in June, 6% lower than May and 12% less than March’s 46-month high. The latest license data shows July finished steel imports at 1.79 million tons.

US Steel Import Trend

Due to large month-on-month swings in semifinished imports in recent years, the chart below shows total imports on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis in an attempt to more accurately display trends. Through preliminary June figures, the 3MMA is up to 2.76 million tons, down compared to June but still the eighth highest level in the past four years. The latest license data suggests that the 3MMA could decline to 2.57 million tons through July.

Current import levels remain strong compared to recent years: recall 2021 averaged 2.63 million tons per month, 2020 averaged 1.84 million tons per month, and 2019 averaged 2.32 million tons per month. In January 2022 the 3MMA had reached a 42-month high of 2.94 million tons. The lowest 3MMA level in SMU’s recent history was October 2020 at 1.36 million tons.

US Steel Import Trend

The table below displays flat-rolled product imports as well as other high-volume products, including rebar, tin plate, wire rod, structural pipe and tube, and other long products. We also provide data on imports divided into semifinished, finished, flat rolled, longs, pipe and tube, and stainless products.

US Steel Import Trend Table

The two charts below show monthly imports grouped by product category: flat-rolled imports and pipe and tube imports. June flat-rolled imports rose to 1.13 million tons, up 9% from the month prior and up 2% from April. July licenses are currently showing 819,000 tons of flat-rolled steel to enter the country. Pipe and tube imports were 493,000 tons in June, down 7% from May’s 2.5-year high, but up 1% compared to April. July pipe and tube import licenses are currently at 375,000 tons.

US Steel Import Trend

US Steel Import Trend

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