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Japan's January Steel Export Showed 2,944,000 Tons
= It decreased by 16.0% from December and by 6.0% from a year earlier
The Japan Iron and Steel Federation (JISF) gathered and released on February 29 statistics on steel export (all steel basis) of January, 2012.

According to this, steel export in January was 2,944 thousand tons. Export amount in dollar was 3 billion 576 million, and that in yen was 276 billion. Compared with the same month last year, quantity decreased by 16.0% for 11 months in a row, amount in dollar decreased by 4.6% for the 3 months in a row, and that in yen also decreased by 11.1% for 3 months in a row. Meantime, it was for the first time in 2 years and 7 months since June, 2009 that export quantity per month fell below 3 million tons. Compared with the previous month, quantity decreased by 6.0% for the first time in 2 months, and amount decreased by 10.8% in dollar and by 11.3% in yen both for the first time in 2 months.

Export quantity of ordinary steel was 2,946 thousand tons, down 16.7% from the same month last year for 5 months in a row, and also down 7.1% from the previous month for the first time in 2 months.

By item with % compared with the same month last year, hot-rolled steel coils (699 thousand tons, down 5.8%) decreased for 3 months in a row, galvanized steel sheets/coils (311 thousand tons, down 21.5%) did for 11 months in a row, steel plates (251 thousand tons, down 21.2%) did for 3 months in a row, cold-rolled steel coils (223 thousand tons, down 38.1%) did for 5 months in a row, electrical steel sheets/coils (68 thousand tons, down 20.4%) did for 3 months in a row, seamless steel pipes/tubes (53 thousand tons, down 11.5%) did for 4 months in a row, and steel wire rods (33 thousand tons, down 39.6%) did for 3 months in a row. While, welded/forged steel pipes/tubes (74 thousand tons, up 18.6%) increased for 3 months in a row, steel shapes and sections (67 thousand tons, up 29.6%) did for the first time in 4 months, and steel bars (31 thousand tons, up 3.8%) did for 2 months in a row.

By item with % compared with the previous month, galvanized sheets/coils (down 16.1%), shapes and sections (down 13.4%), plates (down 11.2%), cold coils (down 5.7%), seamless pipes/tubes (down 5.1%), bars (down 4.3%), welded/forged pipes/tubes (down 2.0%), wire rods (down 12.2%), electrical sheets/coils (down 9.2%), and so on decreased respectively. While, hot coils remained steady.

By destination on all steel basis with % compared with the same month last year, export quantity to the biggest Korea (613 thousand tons, down 23.8%) decreased for 14 months in a row, and that to China (431 thousand tons, down 30.1%) did for 10 months in a row, that to Thailand (352 thousand tons, down 2.9%) did for 3 months in a row, and that to Taiwan (228 thousand tons, down 29.3%) did for 3 months in a row respectively. While, export to USA (174 thousand tons, up 18.2%) increased for 6 months in a row.
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