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AISI: Preliminary Steel Import Volumes Up Nearly 50% From 2020

1/6/2022 - The U.S. imported 32.6 million net tons of steel in 2021, up 48.2% from the prior year’s total, according to preliminary numbers.

Citing early Commerce Department data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) said that year-end import volumes of finished steel products also appeared to be up significantly from the prior year, reaching 23.8 million net tons, or 47.6% more than in 2020. At the close of 2021, the estimated import market share of finished goods stood at 22%, according to the preliminary data.

Total 2021 imports of hot-rolled sheets and plate-in-coils made triple-digit jumps from year-ago levels, increasing 129% and 103%, respectively, AISI said.

South Korea appeared to be the largest overseas exporter of finished steel to the U.S. in 2021 at an estimated 2.8 million net tons, an increase of 39% from 2020. Japan and Turkey came in second and third place, with each country exporting around 1 million net tons, AISI said.

AISI also reported the monthly numbers from December 2021. The U.S. imported 2.9 million net tons in the month of December, inching up 6.3% from the November totals.

Read the full press release from AISI here.