In September 2012 imports of long and flat products and seamless tubes from China reached to Latin American countries reached 439057t, 28% more than in August 2012.

The countries that show highest increases are Mexico (78%), Colombia (63%) and Brazil (41%). China´s main exports to the region in September are flat products, these amounted to 58436tons to Chile, 45902t to Brazil and 40805t to Mexico. Between January and September 2012, Latin America received 9% of the steel products China exported to the world amounting to 3.2Mt worth US$2699.

During this period, countries that imported the greatest volumes of steel products were Brazil (649764t), Chile (576595t) and Peru (491526t). These three countries represented 54% of regional imports from China.

Source: Alacero