Russian shipments of low C FeCr drop off the cliff

While the US is apparently swimming in over 4% C ferrochrome, low-carbon ferrochrome supplies are definitely down, due in large part to Russia. US imports of up to 0.5% C ferrochrome were 25,418 mt in the first nine months of 2016 for a monthly average of 2,824 mt vs. 47,303 mt for all of 2015 with a monthly average of 3,942 mt.

Russia showed the biggest loss, shipping only 4,532 mt in the first nine months of 2016 for a monthly average of 503 mt compared to 28,235 mt for all of 2015 for a monthly average of 2,353 mt.

Other major suppliers were: Kazakhstan, 4,390 mt for the first nine months with a monthly average of 488 mt vs. a monthly average in 2015 of 53 mt; Brazil, 4,836 mt for the first nine months of 2016 for a monthly average of 537 mt vs. a monthly average for all of 2015 of 241 mt; Germany, 3,660 mt in the first nine months of 2016 for a monthly average of 407 mt vs. 483 mt in 2015; China, 2,531 mt in the first nine months of 2016 for a monthly average of 281 mt vs. 407 mt in 2015; Turkey, 2,176 mt for the first three quarters of 2016 for a monthly average of 242 mt vs. 62 mt in 2015; and Japan, 1,434 mt in the first nine months of 2016 for a monthly average of 159 mt vs. 246 mt in 2015.

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