Argentina's finished steel imports in the third quarter of 2018 decreased 10.5% year on year to 234,800 mt, trade association Camara Argentina del Acero (CAA) said Monday.
In the January-September period, imports of all finished steel products were 780,400 mt, up 8.4% from the same period in 2017.
Imports of flat products -- all sheets and coils -- accounted for 138,300 mt, down 18.4% year on year, CAA said. In the first nine months of 2018, flats imports were 481,800 mt, up 15.6% from the same period in 2017.
Long steel products imports were 75,800 mt in the Q3 2018, up 4.7% from the year-ago quarter. January September, imports of long products reached 242,400 mt, up 7%.
Seamless tubes imports totaled 11,000 mt in the third quarter, up 32.5% year on year. For the first three quarters, seamless tubes imports reached 25,500 mt, up 41.7% on the year.
Argentina imported 1,100 mt of rail in the third quarter, down 84.5% from Q3 2017. In the first nine months of 2018, it imported 9,000 mt, down 74.6% from the same-period in 2017.
Welded tubes imports reached 8,600 mt in the third quarter, up 3.6% from 8,300 mt in the year-ago period. January-September, Argentina imported 21,600 mt of welded tubes, down 5.7% the 2017 period.
Neither coming destinations nor prices were disclosed.