U.S. imports of Iron and steel pipes and tubing increased 77 percent through July to $2.34 billion

U.S. imports of Iron and steel pipes and tubing increased 77 percent from $1.33 billion to $2.34 billion through the first seven 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. 107 through July among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 160 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 July 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 July 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 – July 2017

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1South Korea $701,136,003
2Canada $520,607,705
3Mexico $230,111,166
4Taiwan $148,578,821
5Turkey $93,665,595
6Thailand $90,958,889
7China $65,004,566
8India $61,059,419
9Germany $58,686,754
10Vietnam $52,994,412

January – July 2017

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Houston $961,745,627
2Detroit $335,985,937
3Laredo $230,708,446
4Los Angeles $147,156,608
5Buffalo $102,821,129
6Chicago $67,060,030
7Atlanta/Savannah $51,704,990
8New York City $46,901,313
9Ogdensburg, N.Y. $40,984,313
10San Francisco $38,460,771

Highlights for the top five foreign markets:

  • U.S. imports from No. 1 South Korea increased $454.26 million, 100 percent. Of the total, 29.91 percent arrived from South Korea.
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Canada increased $122.92 million, 30.91 percent. Of the total, 22.21 percent arrived from Canada.
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Mexico increased $27.43 million, 13.53 percent. Of the total, 9.82 percent arrived from Mexico.
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Taiwan increased $78.25 million, 100 percent. Of the total, 6.34 percent arrived from Taiwan.
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 Turkey increased $44.83 million, 91.78 percent. Of the total, 4 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 July of this year. That is equal to $1.69 billion of the $2.34 billion total.

Highlights for the top five Customs districts:

  • US imports to No. 1 Houston increased $675.36 million, 100 percent. Of the total, 41.03 percent shipped to Houston.
  • US imports to No. 2 Detroit increased $39.12 million, 13.18 percent. Of the total, 14.33 percent shipped to Detroit.
  • US imports to No. 3 Laredo increased $27.5 million, 13.53 percent. Of the total, 9.84 percent shipped to Laredo.
  • US imports to No. 4 Los Angeles increased $42.62 million, 40.78 percent. Of the total, 6.28 percent shipped to Los Angeles.
  • US imports to No. 5 Buffalo increased $45.69 million, 79.96 percent. Of the total, 4.39 percent shipped to Buffalo.

All totaled 76 percent of all these Iron and steel pipes and tubing imports to the United States entered at the top five Customs districts through July of this year. That is equal to $1.78 billion of the $2.34 billion total.