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         Steel Imports Down 8%
         Year-To-Date
         Finished Import Market Share
         YTD at 21%
           Based on final Census Bureau data, the
         American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)
         reported that the U.S. imported a total of
         3,304,000 net tons (NT) of steel in April
         2019, including 2,011,000 net tons (NT)
         of finished steel (up 45.5% and 8.1%, re-
         spectively, vs. March final data). Through
         the first four months of 2019, total and
         finished steel imports are 11,489,000 and
         8,067,000 net tons (NT), down 7.8% and
         17.0%, respectively, vs. the same period
         in  2018.  Annualized  total  and  finished
         steel imports in 2019 would be 34.5 and
         24.2 million NT, up 2.2% and down 5.8%,
         respectively, vs. 2018. Finished steel im-
         port market share was an estimated 21%
         in April and is estimated at 21% over the
         first four months of 2019.
             Key  finished  steel  products  with  a
         significant  import  increase  in  April
         compared to March were wire rods (up
         108%), cut  lengths  plates (up  50%),
         sheets and strip hot dipped galvanized
         (up 29%), and hot rolled sheets  (up
         16%).  Major  products  with  significant
         year-to-date  (YTD) increases  vs. the   Charts courtesy of AISI. For more news about steel and its applications, go to their website at www.steel.org
         same period in 2018 include wire rods
         (up 19%) and line pipe (up 18%).   enclosed track crane product offering   “We’ve partnered with Helm Hellas
           In April the largest volumes of finished   at the Promat Show in Chicago. This   from Greece to provide us with the rail
         steel  imports  from  offshore  were  from   new product will complement their   and a full line of hardware and com-
         South Korea (273,000 NT, up 57% from   current offering of jibs, gantries and   ponents to offer some unique mate-
         March  final),  Japan  (158,000  NT,  up   I-beam cranes and runways.   rial handling solutions. We are bring-
         58%), Germany (143,000 NT, up 52%),
         Brazil (94,000 NT, up 593%) and Viet-
         nam (78,000 NT, down 3%). For the first
         four months of 2019, the largest offshore
         suppliers  were  South  Korea  (995,000
         NT, down 30% vs. the same period in
         2018), Japan (487,000 NT, down 1%),
         Germany (452,000 NT, up 11%), Taiwan
         (355,000 NT, down 9%) and Vietnam
         (306,000 NT, down 2%). Below are charts
         on estimated steel import market share
         in  recent  months  and  on  finished  steel
         imports from offshore by country.
         Reprinted from the American Iron and Steel
         Institute, www.steel.org.
         Handling Systems
         International, Inc. releases
         NikoRail – Enclosed Track
         Crane Systems.
           Handling Systems International,                                   Handling Systems International, Inc. releases
         Inc. (La Grange, IL) recently an-                                   NikoRail – Enclosed Track Crane Systems.
         nounced the release of their NikoRail

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