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Mexico, Colombia and Brazil registered the highest increases, respectively of 78%, 63% and 41%, the association said.
Flat steel products comprised the highest tonnage in September, with 58,436 tonnes going to Chile, 45,902 tonnes to Brazil and 40,805 tonnes to Mexico.
Between January and September, Latin America imported 9% of all of China’s steel exports, or 3.2 million tonnes, Alacero said.
Brazil, Chile and Peru imported 54% of this total, respectively 649,764 tonnes, 576,595 tonnes and 491,526 tonnes.
The association has not published corresponding figures for 2011.
Latin American countries imported 439,057 tonnes of finished steel products from China in September, a 28% rise month-on-month from August, regional steel association Alacero said.