This Morning in Metals: Domestic Raw Steel Production Up 5% Year Over Year

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This morning in metals news, domestic raw steel production for the week ending Aug. 11 jumped 5% compared with the same week last year, the U.S. has raked in more than $1.4 billion from its steel and aluminum tariffs, and China’s aluminum production surged in July.

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U.S. Raw Steel Production Surges Last Week

According to data released by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), U.S. raw steel production jumped 5% year over year for the week ending Aug. 11.

Production for the week hit 1,855,000 net tons at a capacity utilization rate of 79.1%. Production was also up 1.5% from the previous week ending Aug. 4.

Tariff Windfall

The Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum have yielded revenue amounting to more than $1.4 billion, according to a recent Congressional report cited by CNBC.

As for the much-criticized tariff exclusion process — many have lamented the slow rate at which the Department of Commerce has processed the requests — as of Aug. 6. the Department of Commerce had received 33,099 requests, approving 1,428 requests and denying 702.

Chinese Primary Aluminum Production Rises

July proved to be a productive month in China for primary aluminum production.

The country saw production surge 12% year over year, according to a Reuters report.

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According to the report, citing National Bureau of Statistics data, China produced 2.93 million tons of primary aluminum in July. The output marked a 3.4% increase from the previous month, according to the report.

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