June 22, 2016

Brass Mill Imports Continue to Lag 2015

U.S. imports of cooper and brass products declined in April compared to the same month last year, reports the Copper and Brass Fabricators Council in Washington, though the U.S. trade group continues to question the government data.

According to the government’s stats, brass mill imports decreased 17 percent to 39.7 million pounds in April, while exports climbed 43 percent to 32.9 million pounds. CBFC believes non-brass products are being included in the total.

For the year to date, brass mill imports of 147.6 million pounds were down 13.2 percent compared with 2015. Year-to-date-exports of 127.3 million pounds were up 47 percent, though that figure includes three months of questionable data.

Brass mill imports from Germany in April totaled 9.3 million pounds, followed by South Korea at 5.3 million pounds, Mexico at 4.8 pounds, Canada at 3.6 million pounds and Vietnam at 2.5 million pounds.

Imports of all sheet, strip, plate and foil products totaled 11.8 million pounds, while exports of those products totaled 7.6 million pounds. Imports of all pipe and tube products totaled 15.3 million pounds, while pipe and tube exports totaled 3.8 million pounds. Imports of all profiles, rods and bars totaled 9.4 million pounds, while exports totaled 19.5 million pounds.


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