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Brass Mill Imports Rise, Exports Fall in June

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U.S. imports of brass mill products saw year-over-year increases in June, while exports fell double digits for the month, reports the Copper and Brass Fabricators Council, Washington. Imports totaled 46.1 million pounds in April, an 4.3 percent increase. Exports for the month dropped 13.5 percent year over year to 21.2 million pounds.

For the year to date, imports of brass mill products totaled 256.9 million pounds, a 4.5 percent increase. Exports through the first six months of 2018 were down 3 percent to 131.9 million pounds.

Mexico was the leading destination for U.S. exports of brass mill products in June at 8.6 million pounds followed by Canada at 5.8 million pounds, China at 866,381 pounds, South Korea at 663,904 pounds and Hong Kong at 584,365 pounds.

Imports from Germany in June totaled 10.4 million pounds, followed by Vietnam at 5.2 million pounds, South Korea at 5 million pounds, Mexico at 4.5 million pounds and Canada at 2.7 million pounds.

Imports of all sheet, strip, plate and foil products totaled 15.5 million pounds, while exports of those products totaled 8.6 million pounds. Imports of all pipe and tube products totaled 16.9 million pounds, while pipe and tube exports totaled 4.6 million pounds. Imports of all profiles, rods and bars totaled 10.1 million pounds, while exports totaled 6.4 million pounds.

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