US imports and exports of brass mill products decreased in September 2019 compared to same month in the prior year.
Imports in September reached 17,174mt, down from 18,669mt—an 8pc drop—in September 2018. Through the first nine months of 2019, US imports totaled 174,423mt, down from 179,136mt during the same nine-month period in 2018, a 2.6pc decline.
Exports in September 2019 totaled 7,716mt, which declined 6pc from 8,212mt in September 2018. Through the first nine months of 2019, US exports reached 74,087mt, but that is down from 87,687mt during the same span in 2018 period, a 15.5pc decrease.
Imports of all sheet, strip, plate and foil products totaled at 5758mt, while imports of all pipe and tubes were 6720mt. Imports of profiles, rods and bars totaled 3534mt and imports of copper alloy wire reached 1161mt.
Imports from Germany in September 2019 were at 3,882mt, followed by Vietnam at 2,395mt, Mexico (1,546mt), South Korea (1,513mt), and Canada (1,315mt).
Exports of all sheet, strip, plate and foil products totaled at 2,868mt, while exports of all pipe and tubes, profiles, rods, and bars were 1,636mt, and 2,714mt respectively. Exports of copper alloy wire were 496mt.
Exports to Mexico in September 2019 totaled 2,684mt, followed by Canada at 2,632mt, China at 415mt, Brazil at 216mt, and Hong Kong at 204mt.
Brass mill products are widely used in building construction, automotive products, and in electronic and electrical applications.