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Finished import market             and mechanical tubing (up 14%).  AISI releases April SIMA
         share YTD at 26%                   Major products with significant YTD   imports data; import market
           Based on  preliminary  Census  Bu-  import increases vs. the same period   share 28 percent in April
         reau data, the American Iron and Steel   last year include oil country goods   Based on the Commerce Depart-
         Institute (AISI) reported that the U.S.   (up 210%), cold rolled sheets (up   ment’s most recent Steel Import Moni-
         imported a total of 3,315,000 net tons   40%),  sheets  and  strip  all  other  me-  toring and Analysis (SIMA) data, the
         (NT)  of  steel in  April 2017, including   tallic coatings (up 39%), mechanical   American Iron and Steel Institute
         2,496,000 net tons (NT) of finished steel   tubing (up 28%), standard pipe (up   (AISI) reported that steel import per-
         (down 3.1% and 1.7%, respectively, vs.   28%), sheets and strip hot dipped gal-  mit applications for the month of April
         March final data). Year-to-date (YTD)   vanized (up 26%), tin plate (up 25%)   totaled 3,433,000 net tons (NT)*. This
         through four months of 2017, total and   and line pipe (up 11%).      was a 2.0% decrease from the 3,504,000
         finished  steel  imports  are  12,270,000   In April, the largest volumes of fin-  permit tons recorded in March and a
         and 9,444,000 net tons (NT), up 22.6%   ished steel imports from offshore were   1.1% increase from the March prelimi-
         and 11.5%, respectively, vs. the same   from South Korea (320,000 NT, up 1%   nary  imports  total  of  3,396,000  NT.
         period in  2016. Annualized  total and   from  March  final),  Turkey  (183,000   Import  permit  tonnage  for  finished
         finished steel imports in 2017 would be   NT, down 39%), Japan  (136,000  NT,   steel in April was 2,657,000, up 5.6%
         36.8 and 28.3 million NT, up 11.5% and   up 1%), Russia (133,000 NT, up 224%)   from the preliminary imports total of
         7.6%, respectively, vs. 2016. Finished   and Taiwan  (118,000 NT,  up  30%).   2,517,000 in March. For the first four
         steel import market share was an es-  For the first four months of 2017, the   months of 2017 (including April SIMA
         timated 27% in April and is estimated   largest offshore  suppliers were  South   permits and March preliminary data),
         at 26% YTD.                        Korea (1,209,000 NT, down 2% vs. the   total  and  finished  steel  imports  were
           Key  finished  steel  products  with   same period in 2016), Turkey (984,000   12,366,000 NT and 9,584,000 NT, up
         significant  import  increases  in  April   NT, up 16%), Japan (517,000 NT, down   23.6% and 13.2%, respectively, from
         compared to March include oil coun-  13%), Taiwan (424,000  NT, up 90%)   the same period in 2016. The estimat-
         try goods (up 30%), heavy structural   and Germany (339,000 NT, down 6%).   ed finished steel import market share
         shapes  (up  23%),  sheets  and  strip   Below are charts on estimated  steel   in April was 28% and is 26% year-to-
         hot  dipped  galvanized  (up  23%),  hot   import market share in recent months   date (YTD).
         rolled bars (up 20%), sheets and strip   and on finished steel imports from off-  Finished  steel  imports  with  large
         all other metallic coatings (up 15%)   shore by country.              increases  in  April  permits  vs.  the
                                                                               March preliminary  included  steel
                                                                               piling  (up 100%), oil  country  goods
                                                                               (up  31%),  sheets  and  strip  all  other
                                                                               metallic coatings (up 29%), mechani-
                                                                               cal tubing (up 27%), sheets and strip
                                                                               hot  dipped  galvanized  (up  21%),  hot
                                                                               rolled bars (up 19%), heavy structural
                                                                               shapes (up 18%) and plates in coils
                                                                               (up  11%).  Products  with  significant
                                                                               year-to-date (YTD) increases vs. the
                                                                               same period in 2016 include oil coun-
                                                                               try goods (up 210%), sheets and strip
                                                                               all other metallic coated (up 43%),
                                                                               cold rolled sheets (up 42%), mechani-
                                                                               cal  tubing  (up  32%),  tin  plate  (up
                                                                               31%), standard pipe (up 30%), sheets
                                                                               and  strip  hot  dipped  galvanized  (up
                                                                               26%), reinforcing bars (up 18%) and
                                                                               line pipe (up 12%).
                                                                                 In  April,  the  largest  finished  steel
                                                                               import  permit  applications  for  off-
                                                                               shore countries were for South Ko-
                                                                               rea (338,000 NT, up 7% from March
                                                                               preliminary), Turkey (284,000 NT,
                                                                               down 5%), Japan (126,000 NT, down
                                                                               7%), Taiwan (123,000 NT, up 36%)
                                                                               and Germany (117,000 NT, up 27%).
                                                                               Through the first four months of 2017,
                                                                               the largest offshore suppliers were
                                                                               South Korea (1,227,000 NT, down 1%
                                                                               from the same period in 2016), Turkey
                                                                               (1,085,000 NT, up 27%) and Japan
                                                                               (506,000 NT, down 14%).
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