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US brass mill imports, exports inch higher in 2012

Keywords: Tags  Copper and Brass Fabricators Council, CBFC, brass, copper, Suzy Waite


NEW YORK — U.S. imports of brass mill products rose 1.8 percent last year, according to Copper and Brass Fabricators Council (CBFC) data.

Brass mill imports totaled more than 488 million pounds, up from 480 million pounds in 2011.

December imports of 37.2 million pounds were 2.5 percent higher than 36.3 million pounds in the same month a year earlier. The biggest supplier was Germany at more than 9.5 million pounds, followed by South Korea (5 million pounds), Mexico (3.7 million pounds), Canada (2.9 million) and Peru (2.2 million pounds).

U.S. brass mill exports also experienced a slight uptick last year to 238.7 million pounds from 238.1 million pounds in 2011, although December exports dropped slightly to 16.5 million pounds from 16.8 million pounds a year earlier.

Canada was the leading destination for U.S. exports in December at 5.2 million pounds, followed by Mexico (4.2 million pounds), Korea (1.5 million pounds), China (780,819 pounds) and Hong Kong (515,865 pounds).


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