Finished steel product imports from China to Latin America reached 666.109kt in January-February 2013, 30% more than in the same period of 2012.
The region represented 8% of China´s global exports which totalled 7.9Mt in the same period.
Brazil was the largest importer at 124.981kt, followed by Chile at 105.272kt, Venezuela at 103.500kt and Peru at 102.957kt which together represented 66% of the total imported.
The countries with the largest increase of finished steel imports from China in January-February 2013 compared with the same period in 2012 were Venezuela (+473%), Colombia (+57%), Peru (+45%) and Chile (+41%).
Although Brazil continues to be the largest importer of finished steel from China, during the first two months of 2013 its imports decreased 18% compared to the same period of 2012.