U.S. imports of Iron and steel pipes and tubing increased 83 percent through November to $3.91 billion

U.S. imports of Iron and steel pipes and tubing increased 83 percent from $2.14 billion to $3.91 billion through the first 11 months of 2017 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked No. 104 through November among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 155 for the last full year, with a total value of $2.35 billion, a $1.07 billion, 31 percent decrease over the 2015 total.

Through November of this year, the top five sources of U.S. imports in this category were No. 1 South Korea, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 Taiwan and No. 5 Turkey. The top five Customs districts from which the imports entered the U.S. through November were No. 1 Houston, No. 2 Detroit, No. 3 Laredo, No. 4 Los Angeles and No. 5 Buffalo.

In the last previous full year, the top five markets for U.S. imports of Iron and steel pipes and tubing were No. 1 Canada, No. 2 South Korea, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 China and No. 5 Taiwan. In the same time period, the top five Customs districts for imports were No. 1 Detroit, No. 2 Houston, No. 3 Laredo, No. 4 Los Angeles and No. 5 Buffalo.

January – November 2017

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1South Korea $1,204,464,929
2Canada $845,196,712
3Mexico $389,517,548
4Taiwan $265,625,423
5Turkey $124,988,350
6Thailand $124,526,719
7Germany $102,994,721
8India $99,187,180
9China $94,452,009
10Vietnam $85,193,407

January – November 2017

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Houston $1,683,176,557
2Detroit $550,637,105
3Laredo $389,954,353
4Los Angeles $232,104,888
5Buffalo $163,823,668
6Chicago $102,890,096
7New York City $79,220,213
8Atlanta/Savannah $73,604,186
9Ogdensburg, N.Y. $61,372,809
10San Francisco $57,050,754

Highlights for the top five foreign markets:

  • U.S. imports from No. 1 South Korea increased $788.1 million, 189.28 percent. Of the total, 30.84 percent arrived from South Korea.
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Canada increased $188.67 million, 28.74 percent. Of the total, 21.64 percent arrived from Canada.
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Mexico increased $86.38 million, 28.5 percent. Of the total, 9.97 percent arrived from Mexico.
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Taiwan increased $147.09 million, 124.08 percent. Of the total, 6.8 percent arrived from Taiwan.
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 Turkey increased $45.25 million, 56.74 percent. Of the total, 3.2 percent arrived from Turkey.

All totaled, 72 percent of all these Iron and steel pipes and tubing imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through November of this year. That is equal to $2.83 billion of the $3.91 billion total.

Highlights for the top five Customs districts:

  • US imports to No. 1 Houston increased $1.21 billion, 258.25 percent. Of the total, 43.1 percent shipped to Houston.
  • US imports to No. 2 Detroit increased $66.06 million, 13.63 percent. Of the total, 14.1 percent shipped to Detroit.
  • US imports to No. 3 Laredo increased $86.63 million, 28.56 percent. Of the total, 9.98 percent shipped to Laredo.
  • US imports to No. 4 Los Angeles increased $63.99 million, 38.06 percent. Of the total, 5.94 percent shipped to Los Angeles.
  • US imports to No. 5 Buffalo increased $69.49 million, 73.66 percent. Of the total, 4.19 percent shipped to Buffalo.

All totaled 77 percent of all these Iron and steel pipes and tubing imports to the United States entered at the top five Customs districts through November of this year. That is equal to $3.02 billion of the $3.91 billion total.