While December brought a sharp decline of shipments by North American service centers, figures for the year were better showing a slight increase.
U.S. service centers shipped 2.95 million tons of steel products during December, down 0.4% from the November volume, but 16.5% higher than the December 2012 total. These centers achieved an average shipping rate of 140.4 tons/day, 8.5% less than the November rate of 154.4 tons/day.
However, the total brought the full-year steel shipments total for U.S. service centers to 41.4 million tons, 0.5% higher than the steel delivery totals for 2012.
For more, read “Service Center Shipments Fell Flat as 2013 Ended” on sister site American Machinist.