Data released by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) reveals that in 2017 total steel imports increased 15% and finished steel imports were up 12%, garnering a 27% share of apparent steel supply.

The USA shipped 90.9Mt (net tons), up 5% from 2016, but 2% lower than the most recent five-year average of 93Mt (net tons).

In 2017 US raw steel production was 90Mt (net tons), up 4% from 2016.

Construction and automotive were the leading end-use markets for shipments of US steel, claims the AISI.

Thomas J Gibson, president and CEO of the AISI, commented: “The steel industry is a large part of the economic dialogue nationally and globally, and the AISI Annual Statistical Report is a critical source of industry data. The ASR serves as a comprehensive and reliable reference for steel industry statistics, including an executive summary that highlights trends in the North American steel industry.”

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