Latin American steel imports increase 23 percent

The Latin American Steel Association (Alacero) reports that China’s finished steel exports to Latin America reached 3.9 million tonnes for the first three quarters of 2013. This is 23% more than last year during the same time.

Latin America accounted for 10 percent of China’s total global exports, which totaled 40.7 million tonnes from January to September 2013. Cuba, Paraguay and Brazil were among the countries that increased their finished steel imports during the first three quarters of the year.
Brazil received the most of Latin America’s total imports at 26 percent or 1 million tons. Chile was the second highest country in this category at 14 percent or 543.223 tons.
Alacero divides finished steel into three categories: long products (e.g.: reinforcing bars, wire rods), flat steel (e.g.: coated sheets, stainless steel) and seamless tubes.
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