US Standard Line Pipe Exports Hit 15-Month Extremes

June 24, 2011 in Industry Trends, News & Articles by

US exports of standard pipe and line pipe reached 15-month extremes – one high, one low – in April, as revealed by the latest data from the US Department of Commerce (DOC).

April standard pipe exports totaled 14,008 tones, Steel Business Briefing learns. That’s an increase of about 12.35% from March and more than 126% from 6,194 t in February 2010.

Standard pipe exports have been steadily increasing since February 2010, the first month of the 15-month period presented by the DOC. Traditionally low-volume US standard pipe importers Korea and Belgium both witnessed sizable increases in April.

By contrast, line pipe exports fell to a 15-month low of 7,144 t in April, a dip of about 20% from March and 65.49% from its high of 20,701 t in April 2010.

Line pipe exports appear to have been at their highest levels from April 2010-May 2010 and August 2010-December 2010. Traditionally high-volume US line pipe importer Canada posted the largest drop by country.

A line pipe trader in the US Gulf region said his company has seen a noticeable drop in overseas line pipe buying.

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