License Data Indicates Stubborn Import Market

Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:53 PM Written by 
Published in Imports

The expectation has been for a huge swing lower in the amount of flat rolled foreign steel imports coming into the United States in October. The industry is waiting for the combination of the drying up of the surge of orders placed to “beat” any Section 232 duty and the impact of higher world steel prices, which has made foreign steel less competitive in the U.S.

One of the items that was anticipated was that the Section 232 review on steel recommendations would be provided to President Trump by Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross at the end of June, and then the announcement on any duties/quotas would be made potentially as early as July 2017. As we all know, the recommendations from Ross and any presidential decision have been put off until after tax reform has been passed by the U.S. Congress.

So, what has been happening with foreign steel imports over the past two years? The data is quite telling.


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John Packard

John Packard is the President and Publisher of Steel Market Update. Since 1977, he has been an active participant in the flat rolled steel business in North America. His background provides the unique flavor and quality of Steel Market Update. John has held positions in the service center, steel mill and trading company segments of the flat rolled steel industry. John founded Steel Market Update, Inc. in August 2008. John can be reached via email at: or by phone: 800-432-3475.

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