US slab imports dip in April

US steel slab imports plunged 21.2% in April compared with the previous month due to major decreases into the Los Angeles, Columbia-Snake and Philadelphia districts, according to data compiled by AMM from USA Trade Online.

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In April Slab imports fell to 570,848 tonnes from 724,732 tonnes in March, after logging a 36% spike that month compared with February’s numbers.

Most of the slab arrived from Brazil, at 321,812 tonnes in April compared with 355,553 tonnes in March.

Slab from Russia, the second-largest supplier to the United States, fell to 93,034 tonnes from 133,623 tonnes in the same comparison.