U.S. imports of Iron and steel pipes and tubing increased 84 percent through September to $3.13 billion

U.S. imports of Iron and steel pipes and tubing increased 84 percent from $1.7 billion to $3.13 billion through the first nine 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. 103 through September among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 163 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 September 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 September 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 – September 2017

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1South Korea $970,026,119
2Canada $675,318,017
3Mexico $304,929,163
4Taiwan $217,660,836
5Turkey $118,193,927
6Thailand $105,910,169
7China $82,481,240
8India $78,751,038
9Germany $72,731,712
10Vietnam $68,977,293

January – September 2017

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Houston $1,330,632,901
2Detroit $436,750,722
3Laredo $305,301,863
4Los Angeles $193,260,497
5Buffalo $134,268,157
6Chicago $83,594,665
7Atlanta/Savannah $63,999,213
8New York City $62,958,157
9Ogdensburg, N.Y. $50,602,775
10San Francisco $50,283,966

Highlights for the top five foreign markets:

  • U.S. imports from No. 1 South Korea increased $659.41 million, 100 percent. Of the total, 30.95 percent arrived from South Korea.
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Canada increased $154.66 million, 29.71 percent. Of the total, 21.55 percent arrived from Canada.
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Mexico increased $52.14 million, 20.62 percent. Of the total, 9.73 percent arrived from Mexico.
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Taiwan increased $124.3 million, 100 percent. Of the total, 6.95 percent arrived from Taiwan.
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 Turkey increased $53.72 million, 83.33 percent. Of the total, 3.77 percent arrived from Turkey.

All totaled, 73 percent of all these Iron and steel pipes and tubing imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through September of this year. That is equal to $2.29 billion of the $3.13 billion total.

Highlights for the top five Customs districts:

  • US imports to No. 1 Houston increased $979.8 million, 100 percent. Of the total, 42.46 percent shipped to Houston.
  • US imports to No. 2 Detroit increased $49.22 million, 12.7 percent. Of the total, 13.94 percent shipped to Detroit.
  • US imports to No. 3 Laredo increased $51.77 million, 20.42 percent. Of the total, 9.74 percent shipped to Laredo.
  • US imports to No. 4 Los Angeles increased $55.42 million, 40.2 percent. Of the total, 6.17 percent shipped to Los Angeles.
  • US imports to No. 5 Buffalo increased $59.33 million, 79.17 percent. Of the total, 4.28 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 September of this year. That is equal to $2.4 billion of the $3.13 billion total.