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Apparent finished steel use in Latin America and the Caribbean reached 15.3 million t in Jan/Mar 2013, 2 % less than during the same period of 2012. Meanwhile, finished steel production decreased 1 % compared to Jan/Mar 2012, reaching 13.5 million t.
In April 2013, regional finished steel produc tion reached 4.8 million t, 3 % more than April 2012. Finished steel production added up 18.3 million t between January and April 2013, similar to same period of 2012. Brazil was the most important producer with an output of 8.4 million t (48% of regional production). Mexico followed with 5.4 million t (29%). Colombia displayed a decrease of 31 % and Chile, 17 %, compared to the same period of 2012.
In April 2013, crude steel production in Latin America and the Caribbean reached 5.7 million t, in line with the results of April 2012.
During Jan/Apr 2013, crude steel production reached 21.5 million t, 3 % less than same period of 2012. Countries that showed the most marked decreases were Colombia (-32 %), Chile (-28 %) and Argentina (-19 %).
During the first quarter of 2013, regional trade described a deficit of 2.4 million t, while shortfall for the same period of 2012 had reached 3.1 million.
Between Jan/Mar 2013, every country in Latin America and the Caribbean – except Argentina and Brazil – displayed a trade deficit of finished steel. The most important unbalance was located in Mexico (-1 million t). Other countries that displayed significant shortfalls were Colombia (446 000 t), Peru (419 000 t) and Chile (330 000 t).