June 25, 2014
April Brass Mill Imports Up, Exports Down
U.S. imports of brass mill products increased in April compared with the corresponding 2013 period, while exports decreased, reports the Copper and Brass Fabricators Council in Washington.
Imports of brass mill products in April totaled 48.6 million pounds compared to 43.5 million in April 2013, an increase of 11.8 percent. Exports totaled 22.8 million pounds in April, down from 24.0 million in April 2013, a 4.8 percent decrease.
For the year to date through April, imports of brass mill products totaled 177.3 million pounds, an increase of 13.6 percent. Exports for the year to date totaled 86.0 million pounds, a decrease of 4.1 percent compared to 2013.
Mexico was the leading destination for U.S. exports of brass mill products in April at 7.7 million pounds, followed by Canada at 7.3 million pounds, South Korea at 1.5 million pounds, China at 749,330 pounds, and Saudi Arabia at 721,656 pounds.
Imports from Germany in April totaled 10.8 million pounds, followed by South Korea at 8.6 million pounds, China at 5.0 million pounds, Mexico at 4.6 million pounds, and Canada at 4.2 million pounds.
Imports of all sheet, strip, plate and foil products totaled 14.9 million pounds, while exports of those products totaled 9.5 million pounds. Imports of all pipe and tube products totaled 17.1 million pounds, while pipe and tube exports totaled 4.7 million pounds. Imports of all profiles, rods and bars totaled 12.9 million pounds, while exports totaled 6.9 million pounds.