US imports of SiMn increase 26%, why?

US imports of silicomanganese were 328,408 mt in the first 10 months of 2017 and 45,598 mt, the highest monthly total of 2017 vs. 239,335 mt and 7,511 mt, respectively, in the same 2016 periods, a jump of 26%.

The major suppliers in the first 10 months of 2017 (same 2016 period in parentheses) were: Georgia, 89,408 mt (mt); South Africa, 67,690 mt (mt); Australia, 50,894 mt (mt); Mexico, 25,042 mt (22,158 mt); Norway, 23,085 mt (26,655 mt); Russia, 18,095 mt (14bmt); Spain, 17,843 mt (8,956 mt); Saudi Arabia, 14,662 mt (zero); Malaysia, 10,100 mt (zero).

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