Brass Mill Imports, Exports Rise in 2010
U.S. imports and exports of brass mill products rose substantially in 2010, according to the Copper & Brass Fabricators Council, Washington, D.C.
For the year, imports of brass mill products totaled 498,576,342 pounds, an increase of 16.8 percent compared to the 426,650,213 pounds imported in 2009. Exports totaled 228,990,761 pounds in 2010, up 6.1 percent from the 215,895,023 pounds exported from the United States in 2009.
In December 2010, imports of brass mill products totaled 39,968,404 pounds, an increase of 9.7 percent from the 36,436,449 pounds imported in December 2009. December exports totaled 16,299,715 pounds, up 12.9 percent from the 14,438,959 exported in December 2009.
Mexico was the leading destination for U.S. exports of brass mill products in December at 5,864,855 pounds, followed by Canada at 4,636,309 pounds, China at 1,425,587 pounds, Saudi Arabia at 368,783 pounds and South Korea at 359,612 pounds.
Imports from Germany in December 2010 totaled 7,115,243 pounds, followed by South Korea at 4,885,742 pounds, Mexico at 4,302,067 pounds, China at 3,712,381 pounds and Malaysia at 3,354,184 pounds.
Imports of all sheet, strip, plate and foil products totaled 12,212,898 pounds, while exports of those products totaled 6,469,015 pounds.
Imports of all pipe and tube products totaled 14,626,238 pounds, while pipe and tube exports totaled 4,959,576 pounds.
Imports of all profiles, rods and bars totaled 10,007,171 pounds, while exports totaled 3,106,019 pounds.
Imports of copper alloy wire totaled 3,122,097 pounds, while exports totaled 1,765,104 pounds.
Brass mill products are widely used in building construction, automotive products and in electronic and electrical applications.